Ecological Risk Assessment

Ecological Risk Assessment for the Effects of Fishing

CSIRO provides support to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to undertake fishery risk assessments for Commonwealth fisheries. Methods developed by CSIRO and others are widely used.

Map of ERA methods used over the past 15 years (codes described in Figure 1 Fulton 2020). The geographic bias no doubt reflects language bias (only English language publications were reviewed), but in some cases (e.g. for Africa, India etc) does reflect that no relevant studies have yet been undertaken there.

Methods development

Online ERAEF assessment tool, allowing automated Level 2 assessments (password required

  • This online tool allows rapid calculation and visualisation of Producitivity and Susceptibility Analysis (PSA) and Sustainability Assessment for Fishing Effects (SAFE) for Australian Commonwealth Fisheries.

Example analysis (PSA) from the online assessment tool for an example fishery.

 

Resources

  • Hobday, A. J., A. D. M. Smith, I. Stobutzki, C. Bulman, R. Daley, J. Dambacher, R. Deng, J. Dowdney, M. Fuller, D. Furlani, S. P. Griffiths, D. Johnson, R. Kenyon, I. A. Knuckey, S. D. Ling, R. Pitcher, K. J. Sainsbury, M. Sporcic, T. Smith, T. Walker, S. Wayte, H. Webb, A. Williams, B. S. Wise and S. Zhou (2011). Ecological Risk Assessment for the Effects of Fishing. Fisheries Research 108: 372–384.
  • Hobday, A. J., A. D. M. Smith, H. Webb, R. Daley, S. Wayte, C. Bulman, J. Dowdney, A. Williams, M. Sporcic, J. Dambacher, M. Fuller and T. Walker (2007). Ecological Risk Assessment for the Effects of Fishing: Methodology. Report R04/1072 for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Canberra. July 2007. available from http://www.afma.gov.au/environment/eco_based/eras/eras.htm.
  • Hornborg, S., A. J. Hobday, F. Ziegler, A. D. M. Smith and B. S. Green (2018). Shaping sustainability of seafood from capture fisheries integrating the perspectives of supply chain stakeholders through combining systems analysis tools. ICES Journal of Marine Science: https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsy1081.
  • Smith, A. D. M., A. J. Hobday, H. Webb, R. Daley, S. Wayte, C. Bulman, J. Dowdney, A. Williams, M. Sporcic, J. Dambacher, M. Fuller, D. Furlani, S. Griffiths, R. Kenyon and T. Walker (2007). Ecological Risk Assessment for the Effects of Fishing: Final Report R04/1072 for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Canberra. July 2007.
  • Williams, A., J. Dowdney, A. D. M. Smith, A. J. Hobday and M. Fuller (2011). Evaluating impacts of fishing on benthic habitats: a risk assessment framework applied to Australian fisheries. Fisheries Research 112(3): 154-167. doi:110.1016/j.fishres.2011.1001.1028.
  • Zhou, S., A. J. Hobday, C. M. Dichmont and A. D. M. Smith (2016). Ecological risk assessments for the effects of fishing: a comparison and validation of PSA and SAFE. Fisheries Research: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.1007.1015.

Ecological risk assessment – incorporating climate change risks

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Ecological risk assessment – cumulative risk assessment

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