Eco Summit 2016 announcement


Session 0057 – Assessing the status of exploited marine ecosystems

Ecological Indicators are being widely used to assess the status of exploited marine ecosystems due to multiple drivers, in particular fishing and the environment, and their impacts over time. This session will provide an overview of the current status of exploited marine ecosystems in a comparative context, and will focus on frameworks that combine ecological indicators to provide synthetic assessments of ecosystem status including biodiversity, community structure and capacity of marine ecosystems to sustain fisheries. The latter will be enriched by modelling studies that examine impacts of, and potential for sustaining hypothetical fishing strategies (targeting various parts of marine food webs). Novel means of assembling information yielded by ecological indicators will be encouraged to provide assessments of marine ecosystem status.