Reference points are used in fisheries management to represent desired and undesired stock and fishery states, and provide a means by which to evaluate the status of fish stocks, which are key components of the precautionary approach (PA) for sustainable fisheries management. However, with increasing evidence of systematic changes in ecosystem and population productivity, management decisions based on static reference points may not reflect the productivity of a stock, especially as climate change is already impacting environmental conditions, primary productivity, and distributions of fish stocks. In the light of this challenge, we will organize an online OFI workshop on Fisheries Management Reference Points in Highly Dynamic Ecosystems. The workshop is featured with keynote talks followed by extended discussions, and we aim to answer questions about whether, when and how to change management reference points in dynamic ecosystems.
Date: January 25-29, 2021
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM Newfoundland Time (GMT-3:30) (2 hours each day)