A framework for the analysis of sustainability indicator systems in fisheries

T Potts*

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The development of sustainability indicator systems (SIS) has been a response to practically apply and interpret ecosystem-based and precautionary approaches to fisheries management. Fisheries-based indicator systems have been characterised by recognition of their utility, but hampered by a lack of data, clear roles and responsibilities and an uneven distribution of implementation across governance jurisdictions. This paper explores a policy-based holistic model of an indicator system consisting of inputs, core structures and outputs and uses this as the basis of an assessment framework. The framework is applied to two recent reporting systems: the Australian government's Commonwealth Sustainable Fisheries Assessments and the Marine Stewardship Council initiative. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-280
Number of pages22
JournalOcean & Coastal Management
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Bibliographical note

Thanks are due to the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC (formerly the Antarctic CRC) at the University of Tasmania for making this research possible. I would also like to thank Marcus Haward for his comments on earlier drafts.


  • marine capture fisheries
  • responsible fisheries
  • world fisheries
  • management
  • ecosystem
  • guidelines


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