Indirect effects of recovery strategies

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For a higher organism to grow another organism has to die. This obvious and fundamentalrelation means that if one species group increases in abundance, the prey species will sufferincreased mortality. One the other hand, the predators of said species will have a moreabundant food supply. Size-based models of fish communities indicate that theserelationships have lawful dynamics that continue to be expressed, even when individualspecies become rarer - as predators or as prey. An ecosystem based management recoverystrategies of a given species or group of species should therefore not be seen in isolation,but the expected consequences for the rest of the ecosystem must be analyzed. We use ageneral size- and trait-based model to calculate the ecosystem effects of fishing andrecovery. We present a general analysis of a recovery strategies targeting either large fishes(consumer fishery), small fishes (forage fish fishery), or the ecosystem as a whole. Wecalculate expected recovery time and demonstrate indirect effects on prey, predators andbeyond, and provide some insight into the relative difficulty of selective rebuilding of populations of large or small fish
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventICES/PICES/UNCOVER Symposium 2009 on Rebuilding Depleted Fish Stocks: Biology, Ecology, Social Science and Management Strategies - Warnemünde/Rostock, Germany
Duration: 3 Nov 20096 Nov 2009


ConferenceICES/PICES/UNCOVER Symposium 2009 on Rebuilding Depleted Fish Stocks


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