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 2018 paper in Marine Policy sets forth a blueprint for fishery managers in the United States and elsewhere to create fishery ecosystem plans (FEPs). The blueprint was first introduced in a 2017 report by the Lenfest Fishery Ecosystem Task Force, a team of 14 researchers pre-eminent in the sciences that inform fisheries management. Read More
Marshall, K.N., Levin, P.S., Essington, T.E., Koehn, L.E., Anderson, L.G., Bundy, A., Carothers, C., Coleman, F., Gerber, L.R., Grabowski, J.H., Houde, E., Jensen, O., Mollmann, C., Rose, K., Sanchirico, Smith, A.D.M. (2017). Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management for Social–Ecological Systems: Renewing the Focus in the United States with Next Generation Fishery Ecosystem Plans. Conservation... Read More
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