ASU scientist to help guide sustainable fisheries management

Fishery-Ecosystem-Task-ForceSenior Sustainability Scientist Leah Gerber has joined the Fishery Ecosystem Task Force, a team charged with establishing fisheries management standards that focus on entire ecosystems rather than single species. The Lenfest Ocean Program created the task force - made up of natural and social scientists - to address the need for fisheries management to consider the interconnections between fishing, fished species, humans and the well-being of the larger marine environment. "This task force will take the next step in making ecosystem-based fisheries management a reality," says Tim Essington, chair of the Fishery Ecosystem Task Force. "We are working closely with managers and stakeholders to ensure our work will be useful and won't just sit on a shelf." The task force will provide recommendations in 2016 after holding a series of meetings.