Understanding and managing fish populations: Keeping the toolbox fit for purpose

Paris, J.R., Boulenger, C., Delord, C., El-Mahdi, M.B.M., Fairfield, E.A., Gutmann Roberts, C., Hedger, R.D., Holman, L.E., Humphries, N.E., Katsiadaki, I., Lemopoulos, A., Peirson, G., Richter, K.K., Trueman, C.N., Hayden, B. and Stevens, J.R. (2018) Understanding and managing fish populations: Keeping the toolbox fit for purpose. Journal of Fish Biology, 92 (3), . (doi:10.1111/jfb.13549).

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Wild fish populations are currently experiencing unprecedented pressures, which are projected to intensify in the coming decades. Developing a thorough understanding of the influences of both biotic and abiotic factors on fish populations is a salient issue in contemporary fish conservation and management. During the 50th Anniversary Symposium of The Fisheries Society of the British Isles at the University of Exeter, UK, in July 2017, scientists from diverse research backgrounds gathered to discuss key topics under the broad umbrella of ‘Understanding Fish Populations’. Below, the output of one such discussion group is detailed, focusing on tools used to investigate natural fish populations. Five main groups of approaches were identified: tagging and telemetry; molecular tools; survey tools; statistical and modelling tools; tissue analyses. The appraisal covered current challenges and potential solutions for each of these topics. In addition, three key themes were identified as applicable across all tool-based applications. These included data management, public engagement, and fisheries policy and governance. The continued innovation of tools and capacity to integrate interdisciplinary approaches into the future assessment and management of fish populations is highlighted as an important focus for the next 50 years of fisheries research.

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Accepted/In Press date: 20 December 2017

e-pub ahead of print date: 14 March 2018

Published date: March 2018


Local EPrints ID: 421611

URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/421611

ISSN: 0022-1112

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Author: J.R. Paris

Author: C. Boulenger

Author: C. Delord

Author: M.B.M. El-Mahdi

Author: E.A. Fairfield

Author: C. Gutmann Roberts

Author: R.D. Hedger

Author: N.E. Humphries

Author: I. Katsiadaki

Author: A. Lemopoulos

Author: G. Peirson

Author: K.K. Richter

Author: B. Hayden

Author: J.R. Stevens

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