EFFECTIVENESS OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT INTERVENTIONS
Fisheries managers often employ a range of interventions to improve fishery quality or sustainability. Interventions include stocking, habitat restoration or creation, education and promoting behavioural change, and regulations (including bag, size and slot limits). Whilst all make intuitive sense, key questions remain as to whether they actually deliver on assumed outcomes or developed objectives and translate into compliance results and better fisheries. This session will discuss the range of management interventions available to managers and associated stakeholder responses to interventions. Through the assessment of monitoring programs and the dissection of case studies, this session will focus on an evidence-based assessment of the efficacy of interventions in improving recreational fisheries and other environmental values, as well as intervention related economic, social, cultural, and environmental costs and benefits. It will also include evidence syntheses (e.g., systematic reviews, meta-analysis) that test the effectiveness of various interventions.