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JNAFS

18

Patricia M. Clay

National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA

Source - Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science, Volume 19: 103-126
ISSN-0250-6408

Abstract

The delimitation of areas of the sea is common practice in fisheries management, particularly when addressing problems associated with size selection and by-catch issues. Fishermen, scientists and managers divide up the sea to delimit stock units, species ranges, nursery and fishing grounds, faunal boundaries and political jurisdictions. Biological, political, social and economic criteria are all used in establishing closed and restricted areas, delineating regional management zones and community specific grounds, and in setting area/stock specific management measures (e.g. quotas, minimum landing sizes, gear zones, etc.). The delimitation and configuration of these areas can lead to dissonance in fisheries management, particularly when the criteria used for management decisions affecting the spatial distribution of fishing are not those which fishermen consider to be critical. This paper discusses some of the criteria by which fishermen divide up the sea, compares these criteria to some of those used in fisheries management, and discusses potential implications.

Language - English
Publisher - Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), Dartmouth, N.S., Canada
Publication Date - September 1996
Publication Type - Journal Article

Posted in: Volume 19 - 1996
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