Short Report "Sustainable Fisheries"

Sustainable fisheries management – is that possible at all?

Considering the almost daily new reports about the depletion of the fish stocks in the world's oceans and an increasingly growing world population, the recovery of the worldwide fish stocks and thereby a sustainable, environmentally friendly use of marine resources seems hardly possible.


In order to prevent a collapse of the fish stocks, researchers from Kiel University in the working group "Sustainable Fisheries" of the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" and the fisheries and evolutionary biologists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel see an institutional change which significantly improves the effectiveness of fisheries management, in particular for fish species living in the wild, as the only solution. The most recent reform of the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union is already a step in the right direction.

It is planned, for example, to introduce perennial multispecies management plans for stocks of popular food fish which take both ecological as well as economic aspects into account. Moreover, researchers see an urgent need for action in high-seas fisheries. In particular, better international coordination in regard to the stipulation and enforcement of restrictive catch quotas should be achieved.

The present short report summarizes the research approach in regard to sustainable fisheries management, as well as the essential challenges in implementation and highlights the successful interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists in Kiel's Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean".

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