- ISBN: 978-92-9460-201-5 , doi: 10.2826/092463
- Publication date
- 15 January 2020
- Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Management plans developed by tuna RFMOs (t-RFMOs) require the adoption of management objectives and timeframes for achieving them. These can greatly benefit from using Reference Points (RP) to develop appropriate limits, targets or trigger points and help define the parameters of the management framework. Such reference points together with detailed rules on how to define allowable catches/exploitation (i.e. Harvest Control Rules, HCRs) can then be tested under different scenarios of state of nature and uncertainty to assess their effectiveness and trade-offs among different management strategies.
Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) provides a platform for simulation-testing such alternative management strategies explicitly accounting for uncertainty and has therefore been increasingly used in fisheries management to support management decisions. MSE is mainly used to test how well existing or proposed management strategies perform under different scenarios or identify the most effective management strategies from a set of candidate strategies and for a given set of objectives.