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A continuous involvement of stakeholders promotes the ecosystem approach to fisheries in the 8-fjords area on the Swedish west coast

Bryhn, Andreas and Lundström, Karl and Johansson, Amelie and Ragnarsson Stabo, Henrik and Svedäng, Henrik (2017). A continuous involvement of stakeholders promotes the ecosystem approach to fisheries in the 8-fjords area on the Swedish west coast. ICES journal of marine science. 74:1, 431–442
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsw217

Abstract

The coastal marine environment in the 8-fjords area on the Swedish west coast has been subjected to various stakeholder co-management initiatives since 1999. Stakeholders and authorities have acted by supporting and implementing gradually stricter fishing restrictions following the collapse in the 1970s of several demersal fish stocks and their apparent lack of recovery. Moreover, concerns have been raised regarding a locally sharp depletion of eelgrass meadows, in addition to an apparent increase in the number of seals and cormorants. The present 8-fjords initiative applies a cross-sector approach to environmental management and thus also addresses various types of environmental pollution. This study has compared the environmental work around the 8-fjords to 15 principles regarding the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF). The main strength that has been identified among the EAF principles is the continuous involvement of stakeholders. Among weaknesses in the EAF is the scarcity of suitable indicators that are necessary for appropriate monitoring, especially biomasses of functional groups as well as economic and social indicators. Many environmental problems in the fjords remain and it is possible that improved adherence to EAF principles will facilitate solving some problems and alleviating others. Moreover, the application of the EAF in practice in the 8-fjords can serve as a guiding example for co-managing other aquatic ecosystems towards ecological, economic, and social sustainability. The experiences from the 8-fjords initiative, including its extensive stakeholder involvement, may serve as a practical EAF example to be studied by researchers and managers globally.

Authors/Creators:Bryhn, Andreas and Lundström, Karl and Johansson, Amelie and Ragnarsson Stabo, Henrik and Svedäng, Henrik
Title:A continuous involvement of stakeholders promotes the ecosystem approach to fisheries in the 8-fjords area on the Swedish west coast
Series/Journal:ICES journal of marine science (1095-9289)
Year of publishing :2017
Volume:74
Number:1
Page range:431–442
Number of Pages:12
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1095-9289
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:M Aquatic sciences and fisheries > M01 Fisheries and aquaculture - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Agrovoc terms:ecosystem approaches, stakeholders, fisheries, co-management, Sweden
Keywords:coastal ecology, ecosystem approach, ecosystem-based management, fisheries, fjord system
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4532
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4532
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000397136400042
ID Code:14724
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Department of Aquatic Resources
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:06 Dec 2017 09:19
Metadata Last Modified:23 Dec 2017 00:15

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