Issue: Societal responses to direct pressures of human activities on coasts and oceans - Responses to pressures of fishing
This is an issue under the Coasts and oceans theme of the Data Reporting System.
In order to know whether societal responses to environmental problems are proving effective, it is important to measure both reductions in impacts which follow human actions aimed at reducing pressures and, where there has been insufficient time for such actions to translate into environmental improvements, to measure the extent of implementation of responses which are intended to have these effects.
- CO-37 Proportion of recreational fishers subject to restriction (eg size or bag limits)
Changes in the number and proportion of fishers affected by restrictions is indicative of the effectiveness of the societal response to the pressures of recreational fishing.
- CO-57 Changes in area of marine environment subject to prohibition or management of recreational fishing
Changes in the area subject to some form of protection from recreational fishing may be indicative of the effectiveness of the societal response to the pressures of recreational fishing.
- CO-74 Government response measures (fishing)
National responses take a long time to translate into changes of condition. Although they can translate into changes in both the occurrence and intensity of the pressures in a much shorter time, monitoring prior to their introduction might not have been adequate for any change to show in the data. As response indicators, the fact of introduction of a national plan and strategy provides a date from which change in the pressure and the condition can be monitored.