ICES meets marine historical ecology: placing the history of fish and fisheries in current policy context

Engelhard, Georg H., Thurstan, Ruth H., MacKenzie, Brian R., Alleway, Heidi K., Bannister, R. Colin A., Cardinale, Massimiliano, Clarke, Maurice W., Currie, Jock C., Fortibuoni, Tomaso, Holm, Poul, Holt, Sidney J., Mazzoldi, Carlotta, Pinnegar, John K., Raicevich, Sasa, Volckaert, Filip A. M., Klein, Emily S. and Lescrauwaet, Ann-Katrien (2016) ICES meets marine historical ecology: placing the history of fish and fisheries in current policy context. Ices Journal of Marine Science, 73 5: 1386-1403. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsv219


Author Engelhard, Georg H.
Thurstan, Ruth H.
MacKenzie, Brian R.
Alleway, Heidi K.
Bannister, R. Colin A.
Cardinale, Massimiliano
Clarke, Maurice W.
Currie, Jock C.
Fortibuoni, Tomaso
Holm, Poul
Holt, Sidney J.
Mazzoldi, Carlotta
Pinnegar, John K.
Raicevich, Sasa
Volckaert, Filip A. M.
Klein, Emily S.
Lescrauwaet, Ann-Katrien
Title ICES meets marine historical ecology: placing the history of fish and fisheries in current policy context
Journal name Ices Journal of Marine Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1054-3139
1095-9289
Publication date 2016-05
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsv219
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 73
Issue 5
Start page 1386
End page 1403
Total pages 18
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract As a discipline, marine historical ecology (MHE) has contributed significantly to our understanding of the past state of the marine environment when levels of human impact were often very different from those today. What is less widely known is that insights from MHE have made headway into being applied within the context of present-day and long-term management and policy. This study draws attention to the applied value of MHE. We demonstrate that a broad knowledge base exists with potential for management application and advice, including the development of baselines and reference levels. Using a number of case studies from around the world, we showcase the value of historical ecology in understanding change and emphasize how it either has already informed management or has the potential to do so soon. We discuss these case studies in a context of the science-policy interface around six themes that are frequently targeted by current marine and maritime policies: climate change, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem structure, habitat integrity, food security, and human governance. We encourage science-policy bodies to actively engage with contributions from MHE, as well-informed policy decisions need to be framed within the context of historical reference points and past resource or ecosystem changes.
Keyword History
Management
Marine conservation
Marine historical ecology
Science-policy interface
Shifting baseline
Sustainable exploitation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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