In Myfish, we developed an operational framework involving sequential steps of problem framing, identifying management options relevant to goals, demonstration through models, and evaluation of modelled outcomes of options against objectives and put this framework into practice across five regions. Models and visualisation techniques were used to test attitudes to MSY variants identified through the workshop approach. Decision Support Tables (DST) were viewed positively, in general, as starting point for discussion. The dominating role of ecosystem sustainability in scientific advice and management was apparent in some but not all of the regions. Yield in value and economic aspects were preferred objectives, whereas ecosystem and social constraints were seen as key aspects of sustainability ensured by setting limitations on maximisation of yield. The main conclusion from the workshops was that stakeholders liked flexibility, such as ranges of objectives, rather than points and ‘pretty good/optimal yield’, or qualitative criteria as a way to incorporate aspects not directly related to single stock yield. We end this synthesis by providing our main conclusions at the end of Myfish and the challenges still remaining. You can see the full document here.

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.