Managing fish is like managing trees,
except they move and you can't see them.
Since the advent of industrial fishing, the abundance of fish has been greatly reduced. Human-caused disturbances in our coastal ecosystems, such as fisheries and tidal energy extraction, will increase the stress on these already reduced fish stocks.
There is a need to quantify and predict the impacts of human-caused disturbances on ecosystem function and productivity which through direct and indirect effects will impact fish stocks of immense economic and cultural importance.
The primary aim of the research that is now being done in the lab is to quantify how human activities in the coastal zone may impact the spatial behaviour of fishes and inflict mortality.
Results from this program can be used to develop effective management strategies for commercial and recreational fisheries, and to evaluate the costs and benefits of coastal sources of energy.