Public Officials' Knowledge of Advances and Gaps for Implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in Chile
The United Nations calls on the international community to implement an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) that considers the complex interrelationships between fisheries and marine and coastal ecosystems, including social and economic dimensions. However, countries experience significant national challenges for the application of the EAF. In this article, we used public officials' knowledge to understand advances, gaps, and priorities for the implementation of the EAF in Chile. For this, we relied on the valuable information held by fisheries managers and government officials to support decision-making. In Chile, the EAF was established as a mandatory requirement for fisheries management in 2013. Key positive aspects include the promotion of fishers' participation in inter-sectorial Management Committees to administrate fisheries and the regulation of bycatch and trawling on seamounts. Likewise, Scientific Committees formal roles in management allow the participation of scientists by setting catch limits for each fishery. However, important gaps were also identified. Officials highlighted serious difficulties to integrate social dimensions in fisheries management, and low effective coordination among the institutions to implement the EAF. We concluded that establishing clear protocols to systematize and generate formal instances to build upon government officials' knowledge seems a clear and cost effective way to advance in the effective implementation of the EAF.
|Título según WOS:||Public Officials' Knowledge of Advances and Gaps for Implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in Chile|
|Título de la Revista:||SUSTAINABILITY|
|Fecha de publicación:||2021|