When PANGAS Regional Management Plans for key species have been prepared, they will be available here.
PANGAS approach to management recommendations integrates social, biological and oceanographic information. The Regional Management Plans will emphasize three main areas:
- Connectivity of populations
- Coupling of the spatial structure of populations with social connectivity (including spatial-temporal distribution of fishing and social networks)
- Institutional context & incentives for management.
As a first tangible step towards management, we will overlay information on the spatial structure of stocks with that of the spatial structure of the region’s fishing dynamics. The intent here is to address how coupled the two types of data are. On one extreme we may have situations where species population connectivity is prevalent throughout the region (i.e. populations from all sites within the region are connected via larval movement in oceanic currents or other means). On the other extreme, there may be little if no connectivity strength between different regional sites. If, for instance, de facto fishing territories of a particular community are consistent with the spatial structure of stocks (i.e. the populations that Puerto Peñasco fishers are harvesting seem to be largely retained within that area), then this could provide a strong argument towards community-based efforts of protection as there can be more assurance that management efforts will be paid off by not benefiting other communities (nor will populations be negatively impacted by poor management outside the community).