Best Paper in Marine and Coastal Fisheries


Title: “Recommendations on the Use of Ecosystem Modeling for Informing Ecosystem‐Based Fisheries Management and Restoration Outcomes in the Gulf of Mexico”

Authors: Grüss A, Rose KA, Simons J, Ainsworth CH, Babcock EA, Chagaris DD, De Mutsert K, Froeschke J, Himchak P, Kaplan IC, O’Farrell H, Zetina Rejon MJ

Issue:  Marine and Coastal Fisheries 9: 281-295.

Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science publishes original and innovative research that synthesizes information on biological organization across spatial and temporal scales to promote ecologically sound fisheries science and management. This open-access, online journal published by the American Fisheries Society provides an international venue for studies of marine, coastal, and estuarine fisheries, with emphasis on species’ performance and responses to perturbations in their environment, and promotes the development of ecosystem-based fisheries science and management.
The journal encourages contributors to identify and address challenges in population dynamics, assessment techniques and management approaches, human dimensions and socioeconomics, and ecosystem metrics to improve fisheries science in general and make informed predictions and decisions. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed articles, the journal will offer a “Fisheries Forum” that gives readers an opportunity to discuss topical issues in near-real time, and it encourages the submission of “essays” (peer-reviewed comments) on relevant subjects for that section.

Reflecting the broad range of ecosystems, issues, and perspectives included in the scope of the journal, contributions that are inclusive and interdisciplinary are encouraged.