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Feasibility assessment of an adaptive management experiment in the SA lobster fishery

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South Australian Research and Development Institute

Principal Investigator:

Jim Prescott

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1. Identify alternative hypotheses and develop several options whereby the lobster population could be manipulated by commercial fishing activity to achieve a desired experimental treatment and control eg high and low population densities

2. Conduct analyses to determine the experimental parameters eg length of experiment, spatial scale of experiment, experimental design (replicates etc). Determine local and zone scale social, operational and economic impacts.

3. Conduct a series of workshops where commercial and recreational sectors, managers and enforcement officers can have input

4. Develop a consensus view on one option for conducting the experiment. A research proposal based on this option would then be drafted, if consensus can be reached. The proposal would detail costs of research, management and enforcement.