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Ecosystem approach to inland fisheries: research needs and implementation strategies

Beard, T. D.; Arlinghaus, R.; Cooke, S. J.; McIntyre, P. B.; De Silva, S.; Bartley, D.; Beard, T. Douglas; Arlinghaus, Robert; Cooke, Steven J.; McIntyre, Peter B.; De Silva, Sena; Bartley, Devin; Cowx, I. G.


T. D. Beard

R. Arlinghaus

S. J. Cooke

P. B. McIntyre

S. De Silva

D. Bartley

T. Douglas Beard

Robert Arlinghaus

Steven J. Cooke

Peter B. McIntyre

Sena De Silva

Devin Bartley

I. G. Cowx


Inland fisheries are a vital component in the livelihoods and food security of people throughout the world, as well as contributing huge recreational and economic benefits. These valuable assets are jeopardized by lack of research-based understanding of the impacts of fisheries on inland ecosystems, and similarly the impact of human activities associated with inland waters on fisheries and aquatic biodiversity. To explore this topic, an international workshop was organized in order to examine strategies to incorporate fisheries into ecosystem approaches for management of inland waters. To achieve this goal, a new research agenda is needed that focuses on: quantifying the ecosystem services provided by fresh waters; quantifying the economic, social and nutritional benefits of inland fisheries; improving assessments designed to evaluate fisheries exploitation potential; and examining feedbacks between fisheries, ecosystem productivity and aquatic biodiversity. Accomplishing these objectives will require merging natural and social science approaches to address coupled social–ecological system dynamics.


Beard, T. D., Arlinghaus, R., Cooke, S. J., McIntyre, P. B., De Silva, S., Bartley, D., & Cowx, I. G. (2011). Ecosystem approach to inland fisheries: research needs and implementation strategies. Biology Letters, 7(4), 481-483.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 16, 2011
Publication Date Aug 23, 2011
Journal Biology Letters
Print ISSN 1744-9561
Electronic ISSN 1744-957X
Publisher The Royal Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 4
Pages 481-483
Keywords Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous); General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
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