Ecosystem Oceanography for global change in fisheries
Friday Seminar by Philippe Cury.
Overexploitation and climate change are increasingly causing unanticipated changes in marine ecosystems such as higher variability in fish recruitment or shifts in species dominance. Ecosystem-based approach to fisheries attempts to address these effects by integrating populations, food webs and fish habitats at different scales. Ecosystem models represent indispensable tools to achieve this objective. However a balanced research strategy is needed in order to avoid overly complex models. Ecosystem Oceanography represents such a balanced strategy that relates ecosystem components and their interactions to climate change and exploitation. It aims at developing realistic and robust models at different levels of organisation, addressing specific questions in a global change context, while systematically exploring the ever-increasing amount of biological and environmental data.