author={Ray Hilborn},
  journal={Natural Resource Modeling},
  • R. Hilborn
  • Published 1 February 2012
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resource Modeling
Abstract This paper reviews the changes in quantitative marine fisheries management between 1985 and 2010. The two primary areas where quantitative methods have been employed are in the assessment of stock size and exploitation rates, and in the design and evaluation of harvest strategies. In 1985, some areas had well established assessment programs in place, and the assessment methods have been relatively stable over the 25 years in question. In other places, the evolution of methods has been… 

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  • K. Brander
  • Environmental Science
    Climatic Change
  • 2012
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