Review of recovery plans - 09. Mar. 2007

Reasons for success or failure of recovery plans

The report "Review of institutional arrangements and evaluation of factors associated with successful stock recovery plans" reviews the development and success of fish stock recovery plans in the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.  A range of multi-disciplinary factors that have been associated with successful stock recovery were evaluated for 33 case studies. The results show that rapid and often large reductions in catches at the start of the recovery process, and biological characteristics, such as the life-history strategies of species and the demographic composition of the stock, play a key role in the ability of populations to recover.

Recovery is more effective when the recovery plan is part of a legal mandate, which is automatically triggered when pre-defined limit reference points are reached. Recovery is also more likely when effort reductions are created through days at sea, decommissioning or harvest control rule schemes, and there are positive recruitment events during the recovery period, either stimulated by or coincident with the reductions in effort.

The report has been written for the UNCOVER project by R. Wakeford, D. Agnew and C. Mees (MRAG, UK & USA). It has been submitted to the Cod Recovery Symposium that is organised by the North Sea and North Western Waters RACs in Edinburgh, 9-10 March 2007.

The abstract can be found here (on this site)

The report can be downloaded by clicking here (pdf, 4.4 MB)