“The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth” (Within the 95% Confidence Interval)
Fishery management is not only a biological activity but contains liberal amounts of economics and sociology (i.e., it is a political process). However, biology provides the ground-truths against which socioeconomic departures should be evaluated.
Within the biological component of fishery management is the need for two types of closely related, yet distinct professionals: fishery research biologists and fishery management biologists. The former advances biologicalj population theory; the latter applies theory to specific management problems and is the pragmatic purveyor of ground-truth to the management entity. Fishery agencies should recognize the differences and develop selection criteria and appropriate career paths for each.
KeywordsFishery Science Fishery Agency Governmental Fishery Management Biologist Liberal Amount
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