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Fisheries Management and Ocean Observations

David M., Jr. Checkley(1)

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Ocean observations are rarely used at present in fisheries management. Canonical management of fisheries assumes density dependence. Future management will consider the ecosystem and occur in a changing climate. Hence, ocean observations will be increasingly used. These will include measurements of the atmosphere, ocean, and socioeconomic variables. Indexes of population or ecosystem state are used, particularly in integrated ecosystem assessments. Acoustics, optics, and molecular sensors deployed on a wide variety of platforms will contribute to observing for assessment and forecasting in fisheries. While many challenges exist, including the need for increased focus on coastal regions, ocean observations are predicted to become essential to fisheries management by OceanObs'19.

1Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California 92093-0218 USA

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: dcheckley@ucsd.edu

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Checkley, D. (2010). "Fisheries Management and Ocean Observations" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 1), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.pp.13

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