Story: New study informs ocean management based on human dependence
A new study led by author Liz Selig, deputy director of the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, published in Conservation Letters, found that many Pacific and Indian island nations are the most dependent on marine ecosystems for their nutrition, jobs, revenues and coastal protection.
“The big-picture aim of this study is to use these results to ensure that management strategies are designed to deliver benefits. For example, if you have populations that rely on fisheries for employment, then management and policies might be designed to support access to small-scale fisheries. On the other hand, if people depend on fisheries for revenues, a focus on managing fisheries for profitability and economic efficiency may be needed,” Selig said.