To advance ecosystem-based management, scientists too must take a broader approach in providing scientific advice to resource managers. At the center, we are moving beyond traditional single-species stock assessment advice and providing up to date ecosystem information and assessments.
There is a broad spectrum of ecosystem research currently being conducted at the center and elsewhere that can provide useful advice to managers including habitat research, ongoing trophic interactions work, long-term monitoring of non-commercial species, and multispecies and ecosystem models.
Although the ultimate goal is to have quantitative predictions from this research to guide management, these efforts already serve as indicators of ecosystem status and trends. These indicators can provide an early warning system for managers, signaling human or climate-induced changes that may warrant management action. They can also serve to track the success of previous ecosystem-oriented management efforts.