ICES meets marine historical ecology: placing the history of fish and fisheries in current policy context

Engelhard, Georg H, Thurstan, Ruth, MacKenzie, Brian R, Alleway, Heidi K, Bannister, R Collin A, Cardinale, Massimiliano, Clarke, Maurice W, Currie, Jock C, Fortibuoni, Tomaso, Holm, Poul, Holt, Sidney J, Mazzoldi, Carlotta, Pinnegar, John K, Raicevich, Sasa, Volckaert, Filip A M, Klein, Emily S and Lescrauwaet, Ann-Katrien 2016, ICES meets marine historical ecology: placing the history of fish and fisheries in current policy context, ICES Journal of marine science, vol. 73, no. 5, pp. 1386-1403, doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsv219.

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Title ICES meets marine historical ecology: placing the history of fish and fisheries in current policy context
Author(s) Engelhard, Georg H
Thurstan, RuthORCID iD for Thurstan, Ruth orcid.org/0000-0002-8045-1631
MacKenzie, Brian R
Alleway, Heidi K
Bannister, R Collin A
Cardinale, Massimiliano
Clarke, Maurice W
Currie, Jock C
Fortibuoni, Tomaso
Holm, Poul
Holt, Sidney J
Mazzoldi, Carlotta
Pinnegar, John K
Raicevich, Sasa
Volckaert, Filip A M
Klein, Emily S
Lescrauwaet, Ann-Katrien
Journal name ICES Journal of marine science
Volume number 73
Issue number 5
Start page 1386
End page 1403
Total pages 18
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016-05-01
ISSN 1095-9289
Keyword(s) history
management
marine conservation
marine historical ecology
science-policy interface
shifting baseline
sustainable exploitation
Summary As a discipline, marine historical ecology (MHE) has contributed significantly to our understanding of the past state of the marine environment when levels of human impact were often very different from those today.What is less widely known is that insights from MHE have made headway into being applied within the context of present-day and long-term management and policy. This study draws attention to the applied value of MHE. We demonstrate that a broad knowledge base exists with potential for management application and advice, including the development of baselines and reference levels.Using a number of case studies from around the world,we showcase the value of historical ecology in understanding change and emphasize how it either has already informed management or has the potential to do so soon.We discuss these case studies in a context of the science–policy interface around six themes that are frequently targeted by current marine and maritime policies: climate change, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem structure, habitat integrity, food security, and human governance.We encourage science–policy bodies to actively engage with contributions from MHE, as well informed policy decisions need to be framed within the context of historical reference points and past resource or ecosystem changes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsv219
Field of Research 070499 Fisheries Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Oxford University Press
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