Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics


Adaptive Dynamics and Management of Coupled Social-Ecological Systems Exemplified by Recreational Fisheries (ADAPTFISH)
Start: 05/2006
End: 05/2010

The ability to adapt successfully to changing environments is not only required for biological evolution of the diversity of life, but is also necessary for human beings to maintain a high quality of life. This is obvious in recreational fisheries systems where exploited fish stocks adapt to impacts by anglers and anglers in turn adapt their expectations and angling patterns to changing fish stocks. Fisheries systems should be regarded as complex social-ecological systems in which humans and their target (fish populations) are closely linked and cross-scale interactions and feedbacks between social and ecological systems are the rule rather than the exception. We analyse recreational fisheries from a multidisciplinary angle because we are convinced that disciplinary approaches cannot solve the multifaceted challenges of sustainable management. We combine social with the natural sciences using methods of socio-psychology, resource economics, institutional economics, mathematical biology, fisheries biology, evolutionary biology and quantitative genetics. Examples of areas of interest include:
  • spatial behaviour of a heterogenous angler (predator) population
  • human and institutional dimension of management decision-making
  • population dynamics of exploited fish stocks
  • fishing-induced evolutionary changes
  • impact of anthropogenic stress on individual fish.

Researchers: Dipl.-Pol. Katrin Daedlow, Dr. Volker Beckmann

Project Partner:

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)

Lead Overall Project: Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus (IGB)

Lead HU Sub-project: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn

Funding: Pact of Innovation and Research, granted by the Leibniz-Community

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