The effectiveness of indicators: a review of applying sustainable indicators in the fishing industry within the Solent

Hughes, Sian (2010) The effectiveness of indicators: a review of applying sustainable indicators in the fishing industry within the Solent. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In order to review the application of indicators to the Solent’s fishing industry, data sets were compiled from accumulation of information from relevant organisation (Southern Sea Fisheries District Council, the Marine Fisheries Agency and the Centre for Environment and Aquaculture Science) over a period of 20 years. Detailed analysis of the data was undertaken to demonstrate the effectiveness of indicators in their role set out to achieve the ICZM objectives of a sustainable coastal and marine environment (Cicin‐Sain, 1993; Cicin‐Sain and Knecht 1998). The aim was to raise a heightened awareness of the need for an evaluation process of the indicators themselves. The results obtained from each of the three indicators applied, demonstrate the inter‐connectivity amongst activities related to the fishing industry. Whilst a decrease in the number and size of registered fishing vessels was apparent in the Solent, so was the decline in the state of the Solent’s main fish stock – the native oyster (Ostrea edulis). Fish landings fluctuated between ports and although relatively low amount were noticed, the value of fish remained comparatively higher. Despite obvious patterns seen in indicator data, indicators do not explain the reasons behind such patterns but act as mere benchmarks for accumulation of particular data that the nature of each indicator allows for. In conclusion, it is essential that the indicators applied to the fishing industry in the Solent undergo continual evaluation. The most critical finding was the need for improved data collection to minimise inconsistencies in the primary data that indicators are applied to gather.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2011 17:01
    Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 10:08

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