Fisheries Sustainability via Protection of Age Structure and Spatial Distribution of Fish Populations

  title={Fisheries Sustainability via Protection of Age Structure and Spatial Distribution of Fish Populations},
  author={Steven A. Berkeley Mark A. Hixon Ralph J. Larson Milton S Love},
The objective of U.S. fisheries management, as mandated by National Standard 1 of the Sustainable Fisheries Act of 1996, is to maintain fish stocks at levels sufficient to produce maximum sustainable yields (MSY). Mandated levels of fishing may be less than MSY but are not to exceed these levels. MSY, of course, has been a highly elusive goal (Larkin 1977). Operationally, National Standard 1 has been interpreted by most fisheries management plans to mean that fishing should maintain some… CONTINUE READING
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