The benefits of MSY status for fish stocks exploited by Ireland

MSY (the theory of Maximum Sustainable Yield) has been described as “a perfect example of pseudo science with little empirical or sound theoretical basis” by Dr Sidney Holt, co-author in 1957 with Dr R.J.H. Beverton of On the Dynamics of Exploited Fish Populations.[i] Yet, despite deepening reservations, the concept continues to gather prestige and occupy an increasingly significant role in fisheries …

THE FALSE DAWN OF MAXIMUM SUSTAINABLE YIELD (MSY)

  FISHERIES MANAGMENT can be undertaken through a variety of technical conservation measures (TCMs). Examples are changing mesh size, imposing size limits on fish retained, closing fishing areas for a time, limiting the duration of fishing operations etc. The commercial industry invariably resists the introduction of any of these and any attempt to impose regulation is usually met with a …