مدیریت اکوسیستم های دریایی: فراوانی ماهی و حجم تحت بهره برداری
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|20367||2010||4 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Marine Policy, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 1203–1206
This study is targeted on policy makers and environmental scientists to illustrate the typical historical scale of depletion of our fish stocks, and what current and emerging legislation might mean for fisheries management and the metrics of fish stocks. The population demography of the Bristol Channel sole is described since 1820. Their decline in abundance, and change in length compositions, are modelled. By 2000, the mature stock had been depleted to less than 5% of its original size, and larger sole were rarely caught. The implications of maximum sustainable yield targets, and of good environmental status, are examined.
Myres and Worm  described the fishing induced decline in large predatory marine fish. A range of species were included in their analyses from the cod-like fish to large pelagic tuna and billfish. They argued that these large fish had been depleted to about 10% of their unexploited levels, and that fisheries scientists and managers should use a longer time-horizon in setting baseline measures for these stocks. The study is not without its critics; and Hampton et al.  argued that the analyses were not robust for Pacific tunas. Nevertheless, with 28% of the world's fish stocks overexploited and 52% fully exploited , it is not a surprise that stocks of, particularly the larger growing, fish are depleted. For the North Sea, using research survey catches and macro-ecological theory of size spectra, Jennings and Blanchard  concluded that fish over 4 kg were 97% depleted. Fish over 16 kg, such as the common skate and angel shark, were 99% depleted. The international stock assessments for cod  confirm that older and larger cod are now rare. Jennings and Blanchard also caution about the use of short time-series as baselines for describing population status. In the North-East North Atlantic, and particularly within the European Union seas, there is increased activity to protect the marine environment and marine ecosystems. The Oslo and Paris Commission (OSPAR) implements the OSPAR Convention for the protection of the marine environment in the North-East Atlantic, and in 1998 extended its remit to the protection and conservation of marine ecosystems and biodiversity. In 2007 the EU adopted an Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union. Its Thematic Strategy for the protection of the marine environment underpins the EU's conservation objectives and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)  is the key policy tool to deliver “good environmental status” for all marine seas. Two of the eleven “Qualitative Descriptors” of GES are: (3) populations of all commercially exploited fish and shellfish are within safe biological limits, exhibiting a population age and size distribution that is indicative of a healthy stock, and (4) all elements of the marine food webs, to the extent that they are known, occur at normal abundance and diversity and levels capable of ensuring the long-term abundance of the species and the retention of their full reproductive capacity. Detailed descriptors are not yet agreed. However, for (3) one of the metrics under discussion is for the healthy age and size distribution to be indicated by trends in the 95% percentile of length in fish stocks. For (4) one of the metrics under discussion is the proportion of larger fish in the fish community; this is similar to the metrics for Ecological Quality Objectives (EcoQOs) considered by OSPAR. Greenstreet and Rogers  examined various indicators to support the above descriptors and EcoQOs, including the proportion of fish above a size limit. The UK's Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) also uses the proportion of fish 40 cm or over in its reports to the UK Treasury on the effectiveness of fisheries and marine management. The time series are given in Defra's UK Biodiversity Indicators . It can thus be appreciated that there is current interest in the size composition of individual fish stocks and fish communities. There is also a concern that the views of society on the status of fish stocks is too strongly influenced by the available, rather recent data, rather than a full historical perspective of the stocks. Whilst the long-term dynamics of fish length and abundance, from original first exploitation, may be familiar to some fisheries scientists, it is possible that the more general science and policy community, interested in ecosystem and environmental management, have little feel for the dynamics of fish stocks or communities of fish stocks. Here, we present the evolution of a single fish stock; the Bristol Channel sole (Solea solea) or Dover sole. Based upon historical catch records and a model of its population dynamics we describe how stock size and catch-rates have declined since 1820, and how the size composition of the population has altered over that time. It is in many ways a “typical” fish stock and fishery, but for this exercise it has the advantage that major exploitation started after the collection of fisheries statistics which allows us to reconstruct its full history.