Bycatch Management in Fisheries: Impacts and Challenges

Bycatch Management in Fisheries: Impacts and Challenges

Gordon Gislason

Bycatch Management in Fisheries: Impacts and ChallengesThis is part of Fisheries Bycatch: Global Issues and Creative Solutions
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Bycatch limitation is a cornerstone of modern fisheries management and a necessary condition for demonstrating sustainability. Initiatives to address bycatch can affect industry economics by affecting harvest levels, markets and prices received, and fishing costs. As well, initiatives can also affect public confidence in fisheries management and the attendant social license to operate in a marine environment with many competing users and uses. This paper addresses biological, economic, and social dimensions of bycatch management including monitoring. Experience is drawn from North America, Australia, and Europe.The important roles of incentives and individual accountability are identified. The challenge of change in a tradition-bound industry from both a fisherman and management perspective also is discussed.

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