Data Sources and Methods for the Sustainable Fish Harvest Indicator
Caveats and limitations
- The Fishery Checklist program was initiated in 2007. A number of changes have been made as the program has developed. In particular, the stocks included in the Checklist program have changed and questions have been revised. A standard list of stocks and checklist questions are now established. Year-to-year comparisons are not yet possible, but 2012 results will be comparable to 2011.
- The Fishery Checklist is completed with the best available information. Given the challenges and expense of monitoring mobile fish in a large volume, comprehensive information is not always readily available.
- The Fishery Checklist summarizes information across a wide variety of species, management regimes, types of fisheries, geographic regions, and socio-economic contexts. Results should be interpreted with this in mind.
- Corrective actions that limit fish harvest are not included in this indicator. In particular, quota reconciliation provides that any overharvest of a stock in one year is deducted from the harvest limit established for the following year.
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