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Minimising unsustainable yield: Ten failing European fisheries

Steadman, Daniel; Appleby, Thomas; Hawkins, Julie

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Daniel Steadman

Julie Hawkins


Ten European fish stocks recognised by the European Union as "outside safe biological limits" are considered in light of widespread reforms to fisheries legislation in 2013, particularly the legal responsibility to exploit these resources sustainably. Given that some of these stocks are - as of 2013 - fished at over 150% the recommended intensity and many have been outside of these limits for the entirety of their assessment history, the utilisation of traditional fisheries management measures of sustainability are questioned and tougher approaches such as "zero-catch" and long-term, expansive spatial closure scenarios are considered. Finally, the pervasive issue of data-deficiency (the status of 54% of European stocks) is briefly considered, with specific reference to the understudied West of Scotland and North Sea stock of European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax). © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Steadman, D., Appleby, T., & Hawkins, J. (2014). Minimising unsustainable yield: Ten failing European fisheries. Marine Policy, 48, 192-201.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 26, 2014
Online Publication Date Apr 17, 2014
Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 16, 2014
Publicly Available Date Dec 6, 2016
Journal Marine Policy
Print ISSN 0308-597X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Pages 192-201
Keywords common fisheries policy (CFP) reform, maximum sustainable yield (MSY), unsustainable fishing, North Sea cod, data deficient stocks, marine protected areas (MPAs)
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