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Swimming against the stream: A systems approach to rebuilding fishing stocks

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Rundle-Thiele, S., Roemer, C., Mackay, M. and Williams, S. M. (2023) Swimming against the stream: A systems approach to rebuilding fishing stocks. Journal of Environmental Management, 325 . p. 116439. ISSN 0301-4797

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.116439

Publisher URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479722020126


Solutions occurring within complex systems such as recovery of species are urgently needed. One path forward involves action agendas that extend across the full range of stakeholder groups. Approaches that can foster cooperative behavior across a range of vested interests can create environments supporting species recovery. This paper reports the stakeholder identification process used to gather divergent opinions. A total of 923 priorities from 239 stakeholders were identified. Consensus approaches were utilized, resulting in 25 top priorities, selected by 61 stakeholders. This study demonstrates how consensus areas for action can be illuminated and supported by diverse stakeholder groups whose relationships have previously been indicated as antagonistic. Results indicate support for a range of actions that can be implemented to protect iconic fish species such as pearl perch and snapper in Southeast Queensland. Stakeholders supported actions that; change fishing practices for groups (recreational, commercial and charter); extended monitoring and reporting; improved compliance; changes to fishing management practices; extended fishing control measures and the construction of additional artificial reef habitats.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Pearl perch Snapper Systems Fisheries management Stakeholder management Priorities
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery conservation
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery management. Fishery policy
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery research
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
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