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Ecosystem-based fisheries management: a perspective on the critique and development of the concept
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3476-2567
2019 (English)In: Fish and Fisheries, ISSN 1467-2960, E-ISSN 1467-2979Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concept of ecosystem‐based fisheries management (EBFM) has been subjected to debate since it was introduced in the late 1990s. The development of the concept seems to follow two separate but simultaneous trajectories of increased popularity but also sustained critique. This paper offers an analysis of potential mechanisms behind these disparate trajectories by drawing on a theoretical framework from science and technology studies (STS) centred around "black box" and actor‐network theory. To support our analysis, we perform an exploratory literature review of how the EBFM concept has been used in a selection of high impact fisheries research papers. We find that the popularity of EBFM does not guarantee its integrity, usefulness or analytical insight, but also that persistent critique of how the concept is used seems to be driving some change. We think that a continued trajectory of increased understanding, contextualization and discernibility of EBFM can help overcome the considerable ambiguity associated with the concept and make it increasingly useful to fisheries management. This means moving away from routine use of the term towards a practicable and tangible approach to improve fisheries sustainability.

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actor-network theory, black box, ecological concepts, ecosystem approach to fisheries, ecosystem-based management, science and technology studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-263012DOI: 10.1111/faf.12418ISI: 000492066600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-263012DiVA, id: diva2:1365942
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Available from: 2019-10-26 Created: 2019-10-26 Last updated: 2019-11-08Bibliographically approved

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