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 …