Tag Archives: Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY)

Barrie Deas: Fishing ports caught in the net of new quota cuts

Once again it is politics, not fish left in the sea, which is destroying our fishing communities. This time it is an ill-conceived policy to reach Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) across all fisheries by 2015 that is to blame. MSY is a theoretical measure of the catch that can be taken annually from a stock consistent with its highest sustainable long-term yield. Paradoxically, MSY is a measure of economic efficiency but it is not economically efficient to bankrupt the fleet to get there. Read the rest here 10:02

Better Science Means More Fish

States should apply the precautionary approach widely to conservation, management and exploitation of living aquatic resources in order to protect them and preserve the aquatic environment. The absence of adequate scientific information should not be used as a reason for postponing or failing to take conservation and management measures (from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries).”  Or in fewer words, if you aren’t completely sure of the outcome, don’t take an action. It’s called the “precautionary principle”,,,Read more here onlinefisherman.com 14:16