Integrated Approaches to Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management: Combining Social and Ecological Perspectives through Pilot Fishery Ecosystem Plans.

Much greater focus is now being given to the challenge of integrating socio-economic expertise into the science and planning involved in ecosystem-based fishery management.  Our previous CINAR workshop, May 2-4, 2011, contributed to this focus.  The workshop brought CINAR economists, geographers, anthropologists, and policy scientists together with members of the Social and Economic Branch of the Northeast Fishery Science Center (NEFSC). Different social science disciplines approach questions that arise concerning ecosystem-based fisheries management from contrasting viewpoints; the previous workshop moved toward clarification of such perspectives and strengthened connections among the researchers in these fields.