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Decision Support to Sustainable Management of Bottom Trawl Fleet

by Irena Bitunjac 1,*, Nikša Jajac 2,† and Ivan Katavić 3,†
Faculty of Science, University of Split, Teslina 12, Split 21000, Croatia
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, University of Split, Matice hrvatske 15, Split 21000, Croatia
Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Šetalište I. Meštrovića 63, Split 21000, Croatia
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Kannan Govindan
Sustainability 2016, 8(3), 204;
Received: 28 November 2015 / Revised: 3 February 2016 / Accepted: 18 February 2016 / Published: 3 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Better Decision-Making Helps to Improve Sustainability - Part II)
A decision support concept (DSC) for sustainable management of the bottom trawl fleet was created in line with ecosystem-based management. It is based on principles that integrate ecological, social and techno-economic aspects of trawl fisheries in a multicriteria analysis approach. For the sake of greater transparency and improved stakeholder participation, elements of the proposed multicriteria models were discussed, generated and evaluated in collaboration with designated experts from four stakeholder groups: fishers, environmentally focused non-governmental organizations, fisheries scientists and government representatives. The proposed DSC management could facilitate management and assist decision makers in adequately using data and scientific advice to shape management strategies and related policies for the bottom trawl fleet. It may also assist in finding compromise solutions based on deliverables from the multicriteria analysis, while taking stakeholder requirements into account by using the multicriteria Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Preference Ranking Organization Method for Enrichment Evaluations (PROMETHEE) methods. The final decision is then based on a vast amount of knowledge and relevant information collected from different sources. The proposed DSC represents a novel approach to fishery fleet management and assists in systematizing management processes and instruments to make it operational at the strategic level. The method was applied to the Adriatic bottom trawl fishery, and the obtained results confirmed its managerial potential in the strategic decision-making process, aimed at improving conventional management, while considering the specific requirements of an ecosystem-based approach and ensuring stakeholder participation. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable fisheries management; decision support concept; ecosystem-based approach; bottom trawl fleet; strategy planning tool for the Adriatic fishing fleet sustainable fisheries management; decision support concept; ecosystem-based approach; bottom trawl fleet; strategy planning tool for the Adriatic fishing fleet
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Bitunjac, I.; Jajac, N.; Katavić, I. Decision Support to Sustainable Management of Bottom Trawl Fleet. Sustainability 2016, 8, 204.

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