[MARMAM] Paper comparing PBR to other management approaches for marine mammals

Mike Lonergan mel5 at st-andrews.ac.uk
Thu Feb 24 02:57:43 PST 2011

Lonergan, M. "Potential biological removal and other currently used 
management rules for marine mammal populations: A comparison."

In press at Marine Policy.

Available from their website (or me)
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2011.01.020


             The management of marine mammal populations requires the 
balancing of conflicting interests and also compliance with national
legislation and international agreements. These conflicts are 
intensifying and it is becoming urgent that management goals, and
justifications, are clear and explicit. This paper summarises six 
methods currently used to assess the status of marine mammal
populations: the IUCN Red List Criteria; the regulations under the 
European Union Habitats Directive; PBR; the IWC's Revised
Management Procedure; HELCOM's approach to managing seals; and the 
Canadian Objective-Based Fisheries Management
system for harp seals. It compares the assumptions and implications of 
the methods then describes how one of them, PBR, can
be re-presented to make explicit the subjective choice at its centre, 
and push the decision about conservation targets back from
scientists to policymakers, where it belongs.

Mike Lonergan
NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit,
Scottish Oceans Institute,
University of St Andrews
"The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No SC013532"

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