8th Indo Pacific Fish Conference & 2009 ASFB Workshop and Conference
Biodiversity: What to measure and monitor for fisheries and aquatic ecosystem management
31 May - 5 June 2009
One of the basics tenets of Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management is the need to conserve biodiversity. The issue for management of aquatic ecosystems is that there are a multitude of concepts of what biodiversity actually means and much debate around what temporal and spatial scales should be accommodated; this lack of clarity is evident amongst not only state and federal management jurisdictions but also among scientists. There is a need for the expert opinions of scientists to be consolidated in a way that allows policy-makers and stakeholders to achieve understanding of what management of biodiversity really means.
The aim of the 2009 Australian Society for Fish Biology workshop is for scientists to provide an overview of what biodiversity measures should be adopted and then monitored into the future. Critically, explicit management of biodiversity must begin now, even if at a relatively simple level, with more complex management options to be developed as knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystem-functioning further increases in the future.