Integrating multiple objectives in fisheries management a case study application for Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish
We are facing a rapidly changing world. The last few decades have brought unprecedented changes in ecosystems and in societies . Loss of ecosystem health and biodiversity; social asymmetries and inequities; and food insecurity are leading to increased vulnerability and a reduction of the resilience desirable in social-ecological systems. Change creates both challenges and opportunities. People have amply demonstrated their capacity to alter the life-support system of the planet. Climate changes and escalating species extinctions are realities amidst an increasing gap between the wealthy and the poor . However, with appropriate stewardship, human capacity can be mobilized to slow or reverse these negative trends. Enhancing stewardship facilitates societal development. Concerns about the oceans, and especially fisheries, have motivated people to work together in order to address the global “fisheries crisis” . Small-scale fisheries (SSF), and the uncertainties about how they affect or are affected by changes in ecological and social system dynamics, are among the key issues that require immediate attention. Enhancing stewardship is a critical ingredient in the mix of measures required to address the crisis.