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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1999. Sustaining Marine Fisheries. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6032.
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Sustaining Marine Fisheries

Committee on Ecosystem Management for Sustainable Marine Fisheries

Ocean Studies Board

Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources

National Research Council

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington D.C.
1999

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NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20418

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competency and with regard for appropriate balance.

This study was a Governing Board Theme Initiative project and funded by the Academy Industry Program Fund, the Mellon Fund, and the Casey Fund of the National Research Council, and the Kellogg Endowment Fund of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

Cover art was created by Alfredo M. Arreguin. Mr. Arreguin is an internationally recognized artist who lives in Seattle, Washington. For many years he has painted the world's endangered ecosystems—the jungles and wetlands, as well as the salmon of the Pacific Northwest. His work is displayed in numerous collections, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.

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Sustaining marine fisheries / Committee on Ecosystem Management for Sustainable Marine Fisheries, Ocean Studies Board, Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources, National Research Council.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-05526-1 (casebound)

1. Sustainable fisheries. 2. Fishery management. 3. Marine ecology. I. National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Ecosystem Management for Sustainable Marine Fisheries.

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This report is dedicated
to the memory of committee member
Nathaniel Bingham (1938–1998)

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COMMITTEE ON ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE MARINE FISHERIES

HAROLD MOONEY, Chairman,

Stanford University, California

DAYTON LEE ALVERSON,

Natural Resources Consultants, Seattle

NATHANIEL BINGHAM,

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, Mendocino, California*

JERRY CLARK,

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Washington, D.C.

FREDERICK GRASSLE,

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

EILEEN HOFMANN,

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

EDWARD HOUDE,

University of Maryland, Solomons

SIMON LEVIN,

Princeton University, New Jersey

JANE LUBCHENCO,

Oregon State University, Corvallis

JOHN MAGNUSON,

University of Wisconsin, Madison

BONNIE McCAY,

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

GORDON MUNRO,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

ROBERT PAINE,

University of Washington, Seattle

STEVEN PALUMBI,

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

DANIEL PAULY,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

ELLEN PIKITCH,

Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, New York

THOMAS POWELL,

University of California, Berkeley

MICHAEL SISSENWINE,

National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Staff

DAVID POLICANSKY, Study Director

LORA TAYLOR, Senior Project Assistant

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Deceased May 1998.

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OCEAN STUDIES BOARD

KENNETH BRINK Chairman,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

ALICE ALLDREDGE,

University of California, Santa Barbara

DAVID BRADLEY,

Pennsylvania State University, State College

DAN BROMLEY,

University of Wisconsin, Madison

OTIS BROWN,

University of Miami, Florida

WILLIAM CURRY,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

RANA FINE,

University of Miami, Florida

CARL FRIEHE,

University of California, Irvine

ROBERT GAGOSIAN,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

JOHN HOBBIE,

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

EILEEN HOFMANN,

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

EDWARD HOUDE,

University of Maryland, Solomons

JOHN KNAUSS,

University of Rhode Island, Narragansett

ROBERT KNOX,

University of California, San Diego

RAY KRONE,

University of California, Davis

LOUIS LANZEROTTI,

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, New Jersey

NANCY MARCUS,

Florida State University, Tallahassee

B. GREGORY MITCHELL,

University of California, San Diego

NEIL OPDYKE,

University of Florida, Gainesville

MICHAEL ORBACH,

Duke University Marine Laboratory, Beaufort, North Carolina

TERRANCE QUINN II,

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau Center

JAMES RAY,

Equilon Enterprises LLC, Houston, Texas

GEORGE SOMERO,

Stanford University, Pacific Grove, California

PAUL STOFFA,

University of Texas, Austin

KARL TUREKIAN,

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Staff

MORGAN GOPNIK, Director

EDWARD R. URBAN, JR., Senior Program Officer

DAN WALKER, Senior Program Officer

SUE ROBERTS, Program Officer

ROBIN MORRIS, Administrative Associate

SHARI MAGUIRE, Senior Project Assistant

LORA TAYLOR, Senior Project Assistant

JENNIFER WRIGHT, Senior Project Assistant

ANN CARLISLE, Project Assistant

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COMMISSION ON GEOSCIENCES, ENVIRONMENT, AND RESOURCES

GEORGE M. HORNBERGER, Chair,

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

PATRICK R. ATKINS,

Aluminum Company of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

B. JOHN GARRICK,

PLG, Inc., Newport Beach, California

THOMAS E. GRAEDEL,

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

DEBRA KNOPMAN,

Progressive Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

KAI N. LEE,

Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

JUDITH E. McDOWELL,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts

RICHARD A. MESERVE,

Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C.

HUGH C. MORRIS,

Canadian Global Change Program, Delta, British Columbia

RAYMOND A. PRICE,

Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario

H. RONALD PULLIAM,

University of Georgia, Athens

THOMAS C. SCHELLING,

University of Maryland, College Park

VICTORIA J. TSCHINKEL,

Landers and Parsons, Tallahassee, Florida

E-AN ZEN,

University of Maryland, College Park

MARY LOU ZOBACK,

U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California

Staff

ROBERT M. HAMILTON, Executive Director

GREGORY H. SYMMES, Assistant Executive Director

JEANETTE SPOON, Administrative and Financial Officer

SANDI FITZPATRICK, Administrative Associate

MARQUITA SMITH, Administrative Assistant/Technology Analyst

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Acknowledgment of Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the NRC in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The content of the final report is the responsibility of the NRC and the study committee, and not the responsibility of the reviewers. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report:

Chris Blackburn, Alaska Groundfish Data Bank

John Chipman, University of Minnesota

Ellie Dorsey, Conservation Law Foundation

Richard Haedrich, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Susan Hanna, Oregon State University

Raymond Hilborn, University of Washington

James Kitchell, University of Wisconsin, Madison

John Ledyard, California Institute of Technology

Kai Lee, Williams College

Pamela Matson, Stanford University

Ransom Myers, Dalhousie University

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William Pearcy, Oregon State University

C.H. Peterson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Terrance Quinn II, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau Center

While the individuals listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, it must be emphasized that responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the NRC.

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Foreword

Fishery issues continue to receive enormous, and growing, public attention. A particularly good example can be seen in the groundfish fisheries off New England, where increasingly stringent regulations have been implemented to limit the capture of cod, haddock, flounder, and other fishes. Many other marine fisheries are similarly troubled. Yet, despite considerable study, the exact causes of the problems and the means to solve them are often difficult to understand.

The National Research Council's Ocean Studies Board (OSB) has been actively involved in a number of studies related to marine fisheries, leading to such reports as An Assessment of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (1994), Improving the Management of U.S. Marine Fisheries (1994), and Improving Fish Stock Assessments (1998). The issues presented by studies such as these highlight the need for taking a broad view of fishery problems. Thus, the Ocean Studies Board designed the study that is the subject of this report, assembling a group of experts to produce the broad-based overview presented here. In addition, several topics raised in this volume are currently being explored in greater detail by ongoing OSB study committees including the Committee to Review Individual Fishing Quotas, the Committee to Review Community Development Quotas, the Committee on the Evaluation, Design, and Monitoring of Marine Reserves and Protected Areas in the U.S., and the Committee on Improving the Collection and Use of Fisheries Data.

We look forward to continuing to make the connections between fishery science and policy that are necessary to achieve sustainable resource management.

KENNETH BRINK, CHAIRMAN

OCEAN STUDIES BOARD

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Preface

Producing this report was a difficult challenge because of the complexity of the issue—that of trying to bring new insights and approaches into the ways that fisheries are viewed and managed. The need for this evaluation is clear. Many of the fisheries of the world's oceans are under threat. These threatened fisheries are important economically, culturally, and for supplying protein to a growing human population. The ecosystems to which the targeted fish, invertebrates, and plants belong provide additional goods and services to society, so they too must be considered in a holistic view of the problem.

It is this holistic viewpoint that we have sought. The Ocean Studies Board committee that produced this report was unusually broad in its expertise and included fishery scientists, ecosystem and population ecologists, fishers, and social scientists, including economists. Its membership includes people from the fishing industry and from nongovernmental organizations. As can be imagined, achieving a convergence of viewpoints among such a diverse group was challenging. However, it is just such a convergence that is necessary, as discussed in this report, to open new approaches to the difficult problem of sustaining marine fisheries.

In addition to the direct input of committee members, we sought advice at a conference in Monterey, California, from a larger group of international experts representing, again, a diversity of approaches. The results of the discussions at that meeting were presented in a recent special issue of Ecological Applications and also importantly influenced the committee's deliberations, as reflected in this report.

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The committee also sought advice and insight from a group of fishers and conservationists at two discussion groups, one in Seattle and the other in Washington, D.C. These meetings clearly indicated the history of the problems and the universal desire to find equitable and achievable ways of addressing the issue of the health of fishery resources.

As will be seen in this report, the committee has no silver bullet to offer. The problem is too large and too complex for a single solution. What we do offer is an overview of the problem and the history of its development. We do point to some pervasive parts of the problem that must be addressed and then offer specific approaches, many of which are already in place, that need amplification and further development. Most of all, the committee proposes a new context, an ecosystem viewpoint in which humans are the major player, in which we must proceed in order to have any hope of maintaining sustainable fisheries in a world in which climate is changing and the human population is growing.

Many individuals and organizations helped the committee in its work. We are grateful to scientists around the world who provided us with information, literature citations, and advice. The National Marine Fisheries Service and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization were particularly helpful with documentation.

This study was stimulated by the actions of Mary Hope Katsouros, former director of the Ocean Studies Board. For her extraordinary energy and insights the committee is grateful. We are pleased that the National Research Council (NRC) agreed that this problem is so important that it funded this study from internal sources. The committee also thanks NRC Chair Bruce Alberts and NRC Executive Officer E. William Colglazier for their personal interest in and help with this project. The staff of the Ocean Studies Board provided the usual excellent backup for the project. The committee is especially grateful to project officer David Policansky, the quintessential professional, for his never-flagging, crucial, and substantial input in bringing this report to fruition.

HAROLD A. MOONEY, CHAIRMAN

COMMITTEE ON ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE MARINE FISHERIES

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Fluctuations and declines in marine fish populations have caused growing concern among marine scientists, fisheries managers, commercial and recreational fishers, and the public.

Sustaining Marine Fisheries explores the nature of marine ecosystems and the complex interacting factors that shape their productivity. The book documents the condition of marine fisheries today, highlighting species and geographic areas that are under particular stress. Challenges to achieving sustainability are discussed, and shortcomings of existing fisheries management and regulation are examined. The volume calls for fisheries management to adopt a broader ecosystem perspective that encompasses all relevant environmental and human influences.

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