April 11, 2012
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EDF is working with industry members, policymakers, other NGOs, and scientists in government and academia to re-evaluate and refine spatial management tools in place in the New England groundfish fishery. The fishery has had in place a series of spatial management measures for many years, including essential fish habitat closures, seasonal spawning closures, and closures designed to reduce overall fishing mortality, protect especially vulnerable stocks, or protect juveniles. Evaluation of the performance of spatial management strategies is now due, especially given the recent transition to catch share management with risk-averse quotas and increased monitoring. Such profound and progressive changes warrant an assessment of the overall management system, and EDF has been leading that effort with respect to spatial management with a diverse array of partners. EDF is also leading similar re-evaluation of closed areas in the Pacific groundfish fishery, and we are integrating the science and policy aspects of both efforts.
As these fisheries reconsider the use of spatial tools, a larger transformation in management of the oceans is underway as the nation refines the President’s National Ocean Policy, which prioritizes ocean zoning, coastal and marine spatial planning, and ecosystem-based management. This policy will have important implications for fisheries, especially the application of spatial management measures, and EDF and our industry partners need to understand and navigate the development and implementation of these approaches to ensure continued success of our work.
EDF has also been expanding our work internationally. In particular, Northern Europe is an area of increasing focus, and one with many ecological similarities with the waters off New England. We are beginning to coordinate our efforts between the two regions, and a key aspect of that coordination will be sharing lessons learned from experiences with spatial management strategies, and developing new strategies in each.
Our work on spatial management includes strong and growing capacity in biology and ecology. However, we also need expertise beyond the natural sciences. The Spatial Policy Analyst will help meet that need by bringing expertise in economics, other social sciences, finance, business, policy or other relevant areas. These skills will help us better understand the goals, impediments and behavior of the fishing fleet, and therefore the costs and benefits of existing management systems and alternatives designs.
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