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Sustainability of Marine Resources: Fisheries Utilization

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The Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) is one of several natural resource roundtables with government, corporate, and NGO participation. SWRR has been a subgroup of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) since 2001, and operates under authority of OMB M-92-01 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the Roundtable is to provide an open forum for exchanging ideas and information to foster collaboration on ways to manage water resources in such a way that the resource and its uses may be sustained over the long term.

Four earlier papers in this series described work leading up to the completion of the 2005 Preliminary Report. The present paper breaks new ground, and represents a challenge to the traditional disciplines of civil and sanitary engineering. Here we address the problem of sustainable marine fisheries, as exemplified by the work of the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Marine Stewardship Council. This is a new challenge that we begin to address by examining the idea of developing indicators for commercial fisheries resources. The goal is to help policy makers balance the economic benefits of commercial fisheries against the exhaustion of a finite resource of creatures that dwell in water. This “blue water” approach serves to connect creatures that dwell in water with the important economic benefits they bring to us all.

The journey toward Sustainable Water Resources Management begins by determining the most important water issues and indicators. The long-term goals of SWRR include the development of principles, criteria and indicators to support decision-making and identification of opportunities for collaboration on research needs. Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable participants are committed to interdisciplinary, inter-jurisdictional, and cross-ownership collaboration that identifies and supports national, state, and fieldlevel activities to sustain water resources.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2008-01-01

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