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Free Content The spatial dimensions of fisheries: putting it all in place

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Explicit consideration of space and place in fisheries science and governance holds great promise for addressing management failures caused by inappropriately defined boundaries, disregard for spatial dynamics in assessments, and incompatible ocean uses. Most importantly, it can foster the emergence of sustainable, rights-based governance regimes and protected areas to aid conservation and restoration of marine ecosystems. The proceedings of the 2008 Mote Symposium in Fisheries Ecology review and synthesize recent progress in spatial fisheries science as a basis for effective space- and place-based governance. Ecological, social, and governance systems operate at multiple, nested scales. Identification of these scales and fostering of multiscale linkages and feedback loops is a key challenge in spatial governance. Spatial management measures provide opportunities for effective regulation and conservation at low transaction costs. They also provide new opportunities as well as challenges for fisheries assessment. Effective implementation of spatial governance benefits from participatory planning involving all legitimate stakeholders and responsive, adaptive, learning approaches.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2010

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