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Will J.F. Le Quesne and Simon Jennings Predicting species vulnerability with minimal data to support rapid risk assessment of fishing impacts on biodiversity Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 9 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02087.x

The method presented provides a clear objective procedure to construct ranked species sensitivity lists that can inform management, monitoring and research. The Celtic Sea case study demonstrated that limiting fishing pressure on key commercial stocks to meet fisheries production targets may be insufficient to guarantee the persistence of more sensitive species. Management actions that effectively decouple the mortality rates on commercial species and ‘conservation’ species are likely to be required to make progress in relation to conservation objectives. The method would support rapid assessment of sensitivity to fishing in many regions around the world as only taxonomic lists and estimates of body size are required.

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