Conservation Physiology of Marine Fishes

WG3 Conservation physiology and decision-making

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The aims of WG3 are to (1) enable physiological knowledge to be incorporated into decision support tools and decision making processes; (2) ensure that developments in conservation physiology can be used and communicated effectively to a wide audience. Therefore, WG3 will focus on bringing together resource conservation managers, decision makers and the relevant scientists (ecologists, modellers and physiologists) through seminars, workshops and a final high-profile conference. By defining the policy and management context in which conservation physiology needs to operate, WG3 will play a fundamental role in determining the direction and scope of work in the other two WGs.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Help scientists gain a better understanding of the legal and policy frameworks relevant to fisheries and habitat management, and therefore appreciate the information requirements of resource managers and policy makers. This will ensure that developments in conservation physiology can be focussed on societal needs.
  • Evaluate the strength and uncertainty of species distribution and productivity forecast models, to ensure that conservation managers and decision makers are able to design and implement long-term ecosystem management plans more easily. So, to develop an understanding of: 1, changes in ecosystems relative to Good Environmental Status 2, the most useful bio-indicators of ecosystem change for incorporation into national marine monitoring plans; 3, the socioeconomic impact of the most likely changes in fished ecosystems.
  • Provide conservation managers and decision makers with management tools that provide more accurate predictions of future change in ecosystems, and thereby improve decision making processes by strengthening the scientific evidence upon which they are based.

Deliverables for WG 3

Three workshops will be organised. The first at the beginning of the Action, to estabish the bases for interaction. The second workshop at month 24, to evaluate progress and change direction if needed. This may yield a publication, provisionally entitled “Potential for physiological knowledge to inform management and policy needs for key European marine fisheries in the face of environmental change”. A final high-profile meeting will take place at month 45, to disseminate the COST Action results as widely as possible. Policy makers and politicians must be in attendance. The proceedings of this meeting will be published as an integrative book, which reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the Action and provides perspectives and recommendations.