Categorising the risks in fisheries management

S. A. Gray, M. C. Ives, J. P. Scandol, Rebecca Jordan

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The many risks associated with fisheries management can be attributed to the substantial uncertainties that exist within fishery systems and their numerous possible consequences for fishers and fish stocks. Compounding these risks are the possible disparities between different fisheries professionals on the nature and source of these risks. This paper attempts to categorise the risks as reported by fishery scientists and managers in Australia and along the US Atlantic Coast. Through the use of semi-structured interview data, this paper attempts to provide a categorisation of the risks identified by fisheries professionals; and to compare the identified risks by professional group and by country. The analysis yields three broad categories and 12 subcategories of risk found in both nations. Results indicate that: (1) fisheries management risks can be broadly categorised through interview data; (2) the frequency of identification of a particular risk category reflects the management system in which they operate; and (3) risk categorisation could be useful from a risk management perspective as risks in different categories may be evaluated and managed using different risk management approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-512
Number of pages12
JournalFisheries Management and Ecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology


  • Atlantic coast fisheries
  • Australian fisheries
  • Political risk
  • Risk management
  • Semi-structured interviews
  • Uncertainty

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