Ecological stability in the context of multispecies fisheries


Journal Article

The most likely species to invade a harvested community are those most similar to the harvested species, except in their propensity to be harvested. Most communities are not resistant to removals of top predators; large changes in species composition usually ensue. Large changes in community composition may, however, be associated with small changes in total biomass. Although there is some debate over whether natural communities are, on average, resistant, given species additions, community changes following species introductions appear to be common, especially in harvested or polluted systems where man effects a positive feedback between extinctions and invasions. There are several alternative theoretical relationships between population resilience, variability, and stress; choices strongly depend on the underlying mathematical model. Multispecies models suggest that the relationship will depend on the relation of the population to other species. -from Authors

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pimm, SL; Hyman, JB

Published Date

  • January 1, 1987

Published In

  • Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Volume / Issue

  • 44 / Suppl.2

Start / End Page

  • 84 - 94

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1139/f87-312

Citation Source

  • Scopus