Building Sustainable Fisheries:
A Global Perspective

Pamela Mace - National Stock Assessment Coordinator, National Marine Fisheries Service

Seminar Abstract:

Although the term, “sustainable” is often used to describe a desirable attribute for managing the exploitation of natural resources, by itself sustainability is a rather weak criterion for judging success.  Small fisheries on severely depleted stocks may be sustainable indefinitely, even though they are far from “ideal” under most sets of biological, economic and social objectives.  Thus, sustainability of the biological resource is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for judging the success of fisheries systems.  This paper will expand upon the concept of sustainability and also explore other criteria for evaluating success, as well as recent approaches for promoting responsible fishing activities and fisheries management strategies.  Emphasis will be given to the current state of fisheries science, fisheries management, and the fisheries resources themselves from international and U.S. national perspectives.  The author will also attempt a prognosis for the future but at this point in time it is not known whether it will be pessimistic or optimistic.

Speaker Bio:

A New Zealander by birth, Dr. Pamela Mace obtained her Ph.D. in Resource Ecology from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1983.  Subsequently, she has worked in Canada, New Zealand, and the United States on marine fisheries science and management issues including fish stock assessments, bio-economic modeling, controlled access to fisheries, measurement and control of fishing capacity, biological reference points and overfishing definitions, and ecosystem-based management.  She is currently the national stock assessment coordinator for the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service.


Mace, Pamela, 2001 .  Fish and Fisheries 2,  p. 2-32.

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