Organizers: Nick Graham1 & Aaron MacNeil2

Affiliations: 1/ Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK; 2/ Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia

Email: nick.graham@lancaster.ac.uk; a.macneil@aims.gov.au

Lead contact: Nick Graham

Description: Fishing is one of the most pervasive threats to coral reef fishes, yet reef fisheries also support food security and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people across the tropics. This conflict has led to a new emphasis in reef fisheries science on balancing catch rates with ecosystem functioning to achieve long-term sustainability. Such an approach can take various forms, from species or area exclusions, to fisheries targets that maintain key ecosystem functions. This multidisciplinary session will bring together talks on ecosystem approaches to fisheries management, touching on issues such as sustainable catch rates, influence of management alternatives on ecosystem functioning, socially and culturally appropriate management, and improving livelihoods while sustaining the ecosystem. In particular, we welcome talks on the following topics:

  • Coral reef approaches to ecosystem based fisheries management;
  • Yield and functional consequences of differing management approaches;
  • Maximizing fisheries sustainability;
  • Socially and culturally appropriate fisheries management;
  • Changing functional compositions of reef fish in response to fishing;
  • Social or economic effects on catch composition

Expected Audience: With the publication of several high-profile papers in this area, this session is expected to attract a sizeable audience of between 200-400 people, from a range of backgrounds. It will target a wide range of fisheries scientists, fish ecologists, conservation organizations, and managers, particularly those working in the developing world. The session will be of relevance to anyone with interests in ecosystem function, fisheries, livelihoods, coral reef management, and reef conservation. Of note, the session will also be relevant to social scientists working on fisheries management, so should draw a multi-disciplinary audience.