Policy Development and Knowledge Exchange

References in this category look at communication between marine scientists, policy developers and decision-makers, and how science can be better integrated into the decision-making process for the management of bycatch [e.g. 1]. Some references are about tools promoting knowledge exchange, such as the BMIS [2] or ICCAT’s bycatch meta-database [3]. Other papers are included as examples of how reviews of bycatch management issues can inform policy developers and decision-makers by identifying gaps in research or opportunities for mitigation [e.g. 4].


  1. Cvitanovic C, Hobday AJ, van Kerkhoff L, et al (2015) Improving knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers to facilitate the adaptive governance of marine resources: A review of knowledge and research needs. Ocean & Coastal Management 112:25–35. doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.05.002
  2. Fitzsimmons L, Clarke S, Caillot S, Nicol S (2015) Redevelopment of the Bycatch Management Information System (BMIS). WCPFC SC11-EB-IP-07, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
  3. de Bruyn P, Kell LT, Cotter J (2013) The ICCAT Meta-database: current status, future developments and dissemination. Collect Vol Sci Pap ICCAT 69:1876–1885.
  4. Molina JM, Cooke SJ (2012) Trends in shark bycatch research: current status and research needs. Rev Fish Biol Fisheries 22:719–737. doi: 10.1007/s11160-012-9269-3