Multi-Criteria Decision Tool to Evaluate Proposed Changes in Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures in Alaskan Groundfish Fisheries Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process

Yoon Been
2009 unpublished
Alaskan groundfish fisheries have been constrained to minimize impacts to the endangered Steller sea lion (SSL) since 1992. These management measures introduced inefficiencies and safety concerns for the fishing fleet. Recognizing the desire to optimize both the economic potential of fisheries in Alaska and the recovery of the endangered SSL, in 2006 the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) called for proposals to change the SSL protection measures. Following extensive review of
more » ... nsive review of scientific data and solicitation of public comment over a 16-month period, the SSL Mitigation Committee (SSLMC) developed a Proposal Ranking Tool (PRT) using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). The AHP enabled diverse individuals with various perspectives to use their expert knowledge in rating management measures relative to their expected impact to SSL. The PRT model output was used to select the best set of proposed management measures to move forward through the federal regulation process.
doi:10.13033/isahp.y2009.063 fatcat:nshqmunmyffincfeyqnovgte4e