About the project


The purpose of this project was to trial the implementation of EBFM as a means of assisting with marine ecosystem management in the two highest priority marine bioregions in Western Australia (in 2006/07), the West Coast Bioregion and the Gascoyne Bioregion.


To develop a means of integrating EBFM into mainstream fisheries management, including the WA government’s Integrated Fisheries Management initiative, and to source, identify and integrate appropriate supporting research.

Research Articles

Dambacher, J.M., Gaughan, D.J.,Rochet, M-J., Rossignol, P.A. and Trenkel, V.M.(2009) Qualitative Modelling and Indicators of Exploited Ecosystems. Fish and Fisheries 10(3): 305-322.

Dambacher J, Gaughan D, Rochet MJ, Rossignol P, Trenkel V (2009) Qualitative modelling and indicators of exploited ecosystems. Fish and Fisheries

Fletcher W.J., Shaw J, Metcalf S.J. Gaughan D.J. (2010) An Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management framework: the efficient, regional-level planning tool for management agencies. Marine Policy

Fletcher, W.J., Gaughan, D.J., Metcalf, S.J. and Shaw, J. (in press). Using a regional level, risk based framework to cost effectively implement Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM). In: 26th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management. DOI: 10.4027/gpebfm.2012.07

Fletcher, W.J., Shaw, J., Gaughan, D.J. and Metcalf, S.J. (2011) Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management case study report – West Coast Bioregion. Fisheries Research Report No. 225. Department of Fisheries, Western Australia. 116pp.

Hall, N.G. and Wise, B.S. (2011). Development of an ecosystem approach to the monitoring and management of Western Australian fisheries. FRDC Report – Project 2005/063. Fisheries Research Report No. 215. Department of Fisheries, Western Australia. 112pp.

Metcalf, S.J., Gaughan, D.J. and Shaw, J. 2009. Conceptual models for Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) in Western Australia. Fisheries Research Report No. 194. Department of Fisheries, Western Australia. 42p

Metcalf, S. J., Pember, M. B., and Bellchambers, L. M. (2011) Identifying indicators of the effects of fishing using alternative models, uncertainty, and aggregation error. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsr050.

Metcalf, S.J., Moyle, K. and Gaughan, D.J. (2010) Qualitative analysis of recreational fisher response and the ecosystem impacts of management strategies in a data-limited situation. Fisheries Research, 106 (3). pp. 289-297.

Metcalf, S.J. (2010) Qualitative models to complement quantitative ecosystem models for the analysis of data-limited marine ecosystems and fisheries. Reviews in Fisheries Science, 18 (3). pp. 248-265.

Viera, S., Schirmer, J. and Loxton, E. (2009). Social and economic evaluation methods for fisheries: a review of the literature. Fisheries Research Contract Report 21, Department of Fisheries Government of Western Australia, pp. 90.


Program: WAMSI 2006-2011

Completed: June 2011

Location: West Coast Bioregion

Project Leader: Dan Gaughan



Final Report