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Special Issue "Integrated Modelling for Sustainable Fisheries Management"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2022) | Viewed by 7104
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Special Issue Information
Marine fisheries are an important part of the ecosystem with a significant economic and social role globally and are an important contributor to food security, livelihoods and employment, export earnings, and economic growth. However, the state of marine fishery resources based on the long-term monitoring of assessed marine fish stocks shows a continued decline. The proportion of fish stocks that are within biologically sustainable levels decreased from 90% in 1974 to 65.8% in 2017, showing that the future of such fisheries is under threat of overexploitation (FAO, 2020). The problem is exacerbated when unsuccessful management and policy measures lead to poor economic performance of the sector in some regions (Nieminen, et al., 2016). Most traditional bioeconomic models which seek to improve economics efficiency of fisheries focus on single species, open access, and long-term dynamics of fisheries incorporating simplified biological growth functions of the species concerned. However, the majority of fisheries are multispecies, face some form of restricted access, and have short-term dynamics (Birkenbach, et al., 2020).
The traditional bioeconomic models for fisheries also fail to consider the role of market-based instruments or mechanisms in management decisions and the fundamental drivers that lead to long-term economic transition of the sector. Fisheries as part of the broader ecosystem are affected by the ecological variations in the marine ecosystem, and socioeconomic shifts (Vosooghi, 2019). Such variations which could be either human-induced or engendered exogenously influence the dynamic of fisheries, and integrated modeling would help in developing policies to improve the sustainability of this resource. Therefore, a different approach in favor of management practices that recognize the fisheries as complex socioeconomic–ecological systems with multiple stakeholders is needed to view this sector as part of the wider ecosystem and capture the interrelations between fisheries and economy as a whole (Soomai, 2017). These considerations demonstrate a need to convene fisheries economic modelers and analysts to exchange, distribute, and discuss new ideas and developments in modeling in line with new fishery policies.
The primary objective of the proposed Special Issue is the publication of papers concerning the application of integrated modeling involving economic, social, and ecological aspects in marine fisheries and detailed analysis in order to improve sustainable management strategies for fisheries.
Areas of particular interest include evaluation and development of policy instruments for fisheries, cost–benefit and cost effectiveness analysis, fisheries policy impact analysis, and modeling and simulation. This Special Issue complements and extends the existing topics on fisheries economics and management by focusing on ecological and socioeconomic modeling aspects in fisheries management.
This Special Issue is drawn from the authors’ findings from several international research projects and research activities which are intended to develop an integrated assessment method of the societal cost for best fishing practices and efficient public policies for sustainable fisheries. The work is based on the premise that worldwide fisheries policy is changing its emphasis from aquatic resource utilization toward multiple new areas (including ensuring the sustainability of aquatic resources, restructuring the fisheries industry, and the role which the sector can play in poverty reduction across developing societies).
Specifically, the objectives of this Special Issue include:
- To demonstrate advances in integrated modeling for fisheries management;
- To strengthen the science–policy interface for improved decision making;
- To provide a forum for interested participants to exchange and discuss new thinking in fisheries economic modelling;
- To report case studies for a number of (developing) fishery regions which have applied these methods and to explore policy relevance;
- To enable multidisciplinary researchers, stakeholders, and policy makers to reach a consensus on the needs, directions and areas of tool development and policy analysis;
- To inspire further research in this particular direction that broadens and deepens the area of integrated modelling for fisheries policy;
- To assist in the dissemination of the research results to academics, analysts, stakeholders, and policymakers.
Birkenbach, A. M., Cojocaru, A. L., Guttormsen, A. G. & Smith, M. D., 2020. Seasonal Harvest Patterns in Multispecies Fisheries. Environmental and Resource Economics, Volume 75, pp. 631–655.
FAO, 2020. The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2020.Sustainability in action, Rome: s.n.
Nieminen, E., Kronbak, L. G. & Lindroos, M., 2016. International Agreements in the Multispecies Baltic Sea Fisheries. Environmental and Resource Economics, Volume 65, pp. 109–134.
Soomai, S. S., 2017. The science-policy interface in fisheries management: Insights about the influence of organizational structure and culture on information pathways. Marine Policy, Volume 81, pp. 53–63.
Vosooghi, S., 2019. Panic-Based Overfishing in Transboundary Fisheries. Environmental and Resource Economics, Volume 73, pp. 1287–1313.
Prof. Dr. Pierre Failler
Dr. Ben Drakeford
Dr. Negar Akbari
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