It’s time to sharpen our definition of sustainable fisheries management

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We review and evaluate the sustainability paradigm as it applies to wild capture fisheries in the context of a recently developed harvest strategy framework that, if implemented, will meet Canada’s national and international obligations with regard to sustainable fisheries. This framework is based on an operationally explicit definition of sustainability that includes a commitment to managing for maximum sustainable yield. Although Canadian policy strongly supports sustainable fisheries management in principle, usage of the term has been vague and implementation of sustainable fisheries management strategies has lagged. Fisheries managed under the recently developed framework would be better able to meet new ecocertification and ecolabelling standards. An emerging governance structure discussed herein with respect to fisheries management is conducive to implementing sustainable management practices that meet long-term public good objectives.

Nous passons en revue et évaluons le paradigme de la durabilité tel qu'il s’applique aux pêches basées sur la capture de stocks sauvages dans le contexte d’un cadre stratégique de récolte élaboré récemment qui, s’il est mis en oeuvre, permettra au Canada de réaliser ses obligations nationales et internationales relatives à la pêche durable. Ce cadre se base sur une définition explicite au niveau opérationnel de la durabilité qui inclut un engagement à faire la gestion de manière à atteindre un rendement durable maximal. Alors que la politique canadienne appuie fortement en principe la gestion durable des pêches, l’usage du terme est demeuré vague et la mise en oeuvre de stratégies de gestion de pêche durable a tardé. Les pêches gérées dans le cadre élaboré récemment devraient être plus à même de répondre aux nouvelles normes d’accréditation et d’étiquetage écologiques. La structure de gouvernance en émergence dont on discute ici pour la gestion des pêches devrait entraîner la mise en place de pratiques durables qui satisferont aux objectifs à longue échéance du bien commun.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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  • Published continuously since 1901 (under various titles), this monthly journal is the primary publishing vehicle for the multidisciplinary field of aquatic sciences. It publishes perspectives (syntheses, critiques, and re-evaluations), discussions (comments and replies), articles, and rapid communications, relating to current research on cells, organisms, populations, ecosystems, or processes that affect aquatic systems. The journal seeks to amplify, modify, question, or redirect accumulated knowledge in the field of fisheries and aquatic science. Occasional supplements are dedicated to single topics or to proceedings of international symposia.
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