The use of target reference points, such as the FMSY (Fisheries Maximum Sustainable Yield) is fraught with problems. Although these values are theoretically well established, the use in practice provides problems.
In an ecological context, defining a fixed target in a changing ecosystem makes little sense. Moreover, fishery itself changes in e.g. gears, locations, markets. As fisheries management attempts to move towards a multispecies fishery ecosystem approach, fisheries managers continue to hold on to single species targets.
The goal of this project is to simplify fisheries management by setting long term goals. The result is a scientific article about a possible new approach to fisheries management.