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Integrated ecological–economic fisheries models—Evaluation, review and challenges for implementation

1 DTU Aqua, National Institute of Aquatic Resources
2 NEFSC - Northeast Fisheries Science Center
3 NWFSC - Northwest Fisheries Science Center
4 CAU - Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel = Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel = Université Christian-Albrechts de Kiel
5 CSIRO Marine and Atmosphere Research [Hobart]
6 University of Washington [Seattle]
7 PML - Plymouth Marine Laboratory
8 WUR - Wageningen University and Research [Wageningen]
9 STH - Unité Sciences et Technologies Halieutiques
10 Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries
11 New economics foundation
12 DTU - Danmarks Tekniske Universitet = Technical University of Denmark
13 UBC - University of British Columbia
14 Universidade de Vigo
15 UCPH - University of Copenhagen = Københavns Universitet
16 AZTI - Tecnalia
17 EMH - Unité Écologie et Modèles pour l'Halieutique
18 ESE - Écologie et santé des écosystèmes
19 AMURE - Aménagement des Usages des Ressources et des Espaces marins et littoraux - Centre de droit et d'économie de la mer
20 ICM - Institute of Marine Sciences / Institut de Ciències del Mar [Barcelona]
21 National Marine Fisheries Research Institute
22 Scottish Pelagic Fishermen's Association
23 LRHBL - Laboratoire Ressources Halieutiques de Boulogne
24 Swedish Agency for Marine Water Management
25 SDU - University of Southern Denmark
26 Stockholm University
27 EAWAG - Swiss Federal Insitute of Aquatic Science and Technology [Dübendorf]
28 SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences = Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Michel Bertignac
Rik Buckworth
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Roy Deng
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Catherine Dichmont
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Dorleta Garcia
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Didier D. Gascuel
Trevor Hutton
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Sean Pascoe
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Eva Plaganyi
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Raul Prellezo
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Sonia Sanchez
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Marine ecosystems evolve under many interconnected and area-specific pressures. To fulfil society's intensifying and diversifying needs while ensuring ecologically sustainable development, more effective marine spatial planning and broader-scope management of marine resources is necessary. Integrated ecological–economic fisheries models (IEEFMs) of marine systems are needed to evaluate impacts and sustainability of potential management actions and understand, and anticipate ecological, economic and social dynamics at a range of scales from local to national and regional. To make these models most effective, it is important to determine how model characteristics and methods of communicating results influence the model implementation, the nature of the advice that can be provided and the impact on decisions taken by managers. This article presents a global review and comparative evaluation of 35 IEEFMs applied to marine fisheries and marine ecosystem resources to identify the characteristics that determine their usefulness, effectiveness and implementation. The focus is on fully integrated models that allow for feedbacks between ecological and human processes although not all the models reviewed achieve that. Modellers must invest more time to make models user friendly and to participate in management fora where models and model results can be explained and discussed. Such involvement is beneficial to all parties, leading to improvement of mo-dels and more effective implementation of advice, but demands substantial resources which must be built into the governance process. It takes time to develop effective processes for using IEEFMs requiring a long-term commitment to integrating multidisciplinary modelling advice into management decision-making.
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hal-01561007 , version 1 (12-07-2017)



J. Rasmus Nielsen, Eric Thunberg, Daniel S. Holland, Jorn O. Schmidt, Elizabeth A. Fulton, et al.. Integrated ecological–economic fisheries models—Evaluation, review and challenges for implementation. Fish and Fisheries, 2018, 19 (1), pp.1-29. ⟨10.1111/faf.12232⟩. ⟨hal-01561007⟩
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