Lenfest Fishery Ecosystem Task Force
Recognizing this, the Lenfest Ocean Program has charged a team of scientists with creating a practical blueprint that managers can use to make ecosystem-based fisheries management operational. The Fishery Ecosystem Task Force will hold a series of meetings and provide recommendations in 2016. The Task Force’s main output will be an outline of the components of effective Fishery Ecosystem Plans (FEPs). It will provide a set of specific questions that every FEP should address and a set of recommendations for how each question can be answered. The goal is for managers to be able to do so using existing data and a way that is useful for their specific management contexts, ecological dynamics, and socioeconomic circumstances. The group will focus on guidance for U.S. fishery management councils but will also provide a framework that can be adapted by other management bodies. It will meet four times over a two-year period in four regions around the U.S.
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This is the recording of the launch event for “Building Effective Fishery Ecosystem Plans,” a report by the Lenfest Fishery Ecosystem Task Force, which took place Nov. 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Co-chairs Dr. Tim Essington and Dr. Phil Levin of the University of Washington presented the Task Force’s vision for operationalizing ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM). Read More
Ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) has not been widely adopted, despite its potential to increase the many benefits humans derive from the oceans. A new report from the Lenfest Fishery Ecosystem Task Force proposes to help remedy this with a blueprint for a “next generation” of Fishery Ecosystem Plans (FEPs), envisioned as a more action-oriented version of an existing... Read More
The premise of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) is that fisheries should be managed as interconnected systems rather than stock by stock. Read More