Responsible Fishing Practices for Sustainable Fisheries

Fisheries Management 2. The Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries 2.1 Best Practices in Ecosystem Modelling for Informing an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries

2008 FAO

These guidelines were produced as an addition to the FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries No. 4, Suppl. 2 entitled Fisheries management. The ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF). Applying EAF in management requires the application of scientific methods and tools that go beyond the single-species approaches that have been the main sources of scientific advice. These guidelines have been developed to assist users in the construction and application of ecosystem models for informing an EAF. It addresses all steps of the modelling process, encompassing scoping and specifying the model, implementation, evaluation and advice on how to present and use the outputs. The overall goal of the guidelines is to assist in ensuring that the best possible information and advice is generated from ecosystem models and used wisely in management.

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