Research CommentariesEcology

Reversal of the Burden of Proof in Fisheries Management

Science  06 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5352, pp. 821-822
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5352.821

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In his research commentary, Dayton argues that decisions in fisheries management should follow the model of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the Food and Drug Administration in which the commercial enterprise must prove that their activity or product does no harm before it can be approved. At present, fishing activities cannot be curtailed until it can be proven that they are already damaging existing ecosystems (see report and news story in this issue).