Drivers and synergies in the management of inland fisheries: Searching for sustainable solutions

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Abstract

Freshwater is a shared resource.  Water challenges (i.e., too much, too little, too dirty) are recognized to have global implications.  Many sectors rely upon water and, in some cases, the limited availability of water leads to tough decisions.  Though inland fish and fisheries play important roles in providing food security, human well-being, and ecosystem productivity, this sector is often underappreciated in water resource planning because valuation is difficult and governance is complex, unclear, or non-existent.  Additionally, inland fisheries are an economically small sector and, in most cases, the value of inland fisheries will never be the main driver of decision making.

At the 2015 Global Conference on Inland Fisheries, we convened a Drivers and Synergies panel and working group to discuss competing sectors (e.g., hydropower, transportation, agriculture, mining and oil and gas extraction, forestry, tourism and recreation, and aquaculture) and large-scale drivers which exist predominately outside of the water sectors (e.g., economic growth, diversifying economies, population growth, urbanization, and climate change).  Drivers will influence these sectors and tradeoffs will be made.  Management of sustainable inland water systems requires making informed choices emphasizing those services that will provide sustainable benefits for humans while maintaining well-functioning ecological systems.  

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Abstract or summary
Title Drivers and synergies in the management of inland fisheries: Searching for sustainable solutions
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher American Fisheries Society
Contributing office(s) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, National Climate Adaptation Science Center
Description HTML Document
Larger Work Type Conference Paper
Larger Work Title Enhancing sustainability of inland fisheries through cross-sectoral collaboration
Conference Title American Fisheries Society 145th Annual Meeting
Conference Location Portland, OR
Conference Date August 16-20, 2015
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N