How do we reconcile te human use ofaquatic resources with the conservation of ecosystems. This record of the Fourth World Fisheries Congress, held in Vancouver, Canada, examines ways to evaluate and maintain the economic and social benefits of healthy fisheries in the face of global climate change, human population trends, and competing habitat demands.
The Congress focused on the following topics: (1) What should we care about when attempting to reconcile fisheries with conservation? (2) Who owns the fish and what are they worth in society? (3) Can we get more fish or benefits from fishing while reconciling fishing with conservation? (4) How can we manage fisheries ecosystems to achieve the reconciliation of fisheries with conservation? (5) Reconciling fisheries with conservation in marine waters: coral reefs example. (6) Reconciling fisheries with conservation in freshwaters.