Evaluating Ecosystem-Based Reference Points for Atlantic Menhaden

May 11, 2020

Researchers consider the management of Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) as a case study of the challenges in transitioning to ecosystem approach to or ecosystem based fisheries management and develop a tool to facilitate the transition.

Implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) for forage fish requires methods to evaluate tradeoffs associated with competing management objectives that focus on supporting fishery yields or providing food for predators. In this study, researchers developed an Ecopath with Ecosim ecosystem model of the U.S. Northwest Atlantic continental shelf (NWACS) for the period 1982–2013 to inform an EAFM for Atlantic Menhaden Brevoortia tyrannus. Researchers consider the management of Atlantic Menhaden Brevoortia tyrannus as a case study of the challenges in transitioning to EAFM or EBFM, and develop a tool to facilitate the transition.


Andre Buchheister, Thomas J. Miller, Edward D. Houde. 2017. Evaluating Ecosystem-Based Reference Points for Atlantic Menhaden. Published in Marine and Coastal Fisheries, Volume 9:1, pages 457–478. https://doi.org/10.1080/19425120.2017.1360420.

Last updated on 06/09/2020