Managing in space & time
We persist in clinging to the idea that resources or biodiversity must be spatially or temporally persistent for managers to effectively address them using spatiotemporal measures. The vast majority of area-based management tools (i.e., marine protected areas or time-area closures) remain static in both time and space. A typical fishery closure operates on monthly to annual time cycles over 100s to 1000s of kilometres, but many of the patterns we seek to manage (i.e., those driving bycatch) operate at smaller scales- requiring more dynamic approaches.
Dynamic Ocean Management
Dynamic ocean management is any coordination of activities related to the marine environment in which the time and/or location of the implemented measure is dependent on spatiotemporally variable conditions (e.g., oceanography, the contents of a haul or market signals), and is updated in near-real time with the objective of increasing efficiency by aligning the temporal and spatial scales of the resource, resource users, management, and markets.
In AMBL, we are always looking for new applications of dynamic management and opportunities to work with managers and industry to develop new tools to allow for more efficient and sustainable use of marine resources.
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