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About the Symposium


ICES symposium on “Targets and limits for long term fisheries management” will be held from 27-30 October 2015, in Athens, Greece. 

The goal of the symposium is to document and synthesise the best quality scientific approaches to management advice and implementation under potentially conflicting objectives. This will be done by facilitating exchange of ideas and the development of new and innovative solutions. The symposium will bring together scientific experts from across the world and in a variety of disciplines, with stakeholders and managers to enable the communication between suppliers and recipients of scientific management advice. The MSY and precautionary frameworks as well as Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management approaches (such as Good Environmental Status under the MSFD) already implemented by ICES have solved some of the initial challenges in implementation.  However, substantial issues remain particularly where objectives are in conflict, such as is the case in mixed fisheries, areas where prey and predators are both exploited, forage fish fisheries, divergence between e.g. MEY and MSY, where ecosystem goals are mutually inconsistent and in the exact implementation of the approaches in management plans.

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The symposium will take a global approach to these topics under a series of themes:

  • Identifying trade-offs and conflicting objectives, and identifying approaches to inform and resolve these.
  • The role of targets and limits in a variable world
  • Economically and socially feasible management tools
  • Practical implementation of targets and limits in management

Symposium conveners:

Anna Rindorf (Denmark), Robert Stephenson (Canada),Barrie Deas (UK), Rudi Voss (Germany),Philip Levin (USA) , Cathy Dichmont (Australia), Niels Hintzen (The Netherlands), James Thorson (USA), Olivier Thebaud (France),Petter Holm (Norway), Ernesto Penas-Lado (EC)


Keynote Speakers:

Sean Pasco (CSIRO), André Punt (University of Washington), Tony Charles (Saint Mary's University Halifax), Pamela Mace (New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries), Poul Degnbol, Coilin Minto (GMIT)


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The Myfish project received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. The Myfish project is organising and financing this event.  



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flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.