El-Nemo SE: identifying management objectives hierarchies and weightings for four key fisheries in South Eastern Australia

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University of Tasmania (UTAS)

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Sarah M. Jennings

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While this program will cover the South-Eastern Australia marine region (including State and Commonwealth waters from approximately the South Australia/ Western Australia border to approximately the New South Wales/ Queensland border), the outputs will contribute to developing and implementing relevant national plans and strategies such as the National Climate Change and Fisheries Action Plan (Draft), and the National Adaptation Research Plan for Marine Biodiversity and Resources. Within the context of the SEAP, the outcomes of this project will be used to inform the need and priorities for additional social and economic research, and will inform subsequent analyses of management and adaptation strategies. It will also complement and inform the development of a vulnerability framework for use in the marine context in SEAP.


1. To develop a clear understanding of key dimensions of social and economic risk in the fishing and aquaculture sectors in relation to climate change drivers.

2. To develop a practical method for conducting high-level fisheries sector risk assessments.

3. To conduct a high-level social and economic climate change related risk assessment for selected key fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

4. To identify key fisheries and aquaculture sectors that are most at risk (social and economic) due to climate change drivers.

Final Report - 2009-073-DLD - Identifying management objectives hierarchies and weightings for four key fisheries in South Eastern Australia

Final Report
Author(s):Sarah Jennings
Date Published:June 2013
Principal Investigator: Sarah Jennings

Keywords: fisheries management objectives; analytic hierarchy process; climate change adaptation; South Eastern Australian Program;

• This project provides weighted fisheries management objectives frameworks for each of four key fisheries species in South Eastern Australia (abalone, blue grenadier, snapper and southern rock lobster) and for a general fishery group.
• Providing these frameworks will enable selected management adaptation options identified in DCC/FRDC Project 2011/039 Preparing fisheries for climate change: identifying adaptation options for four key fisheries in South Eastern Australia, and in other studies, to be assessed consistently and transparently against weighted objectives, averaged across individuals involved in each fishery.
• The frameworks will also assist in the identification of areas of potential conflict that might act as barriers to adoption of management changes across diverse fisheries.
• The exercise of developing objective hierarchies and of participating in the objective weighting survey has also served as a capacity building process as individuals involved are forced to consider the trade-offs between often competing environmental, social and economic objectives as is required in fisheries management.