. 24/7 Space News .
Radical solution could avoid depletion of natural resources
by Staff Writers
Edinburgh, UK (SPX) Apr 12, 2016

The findings support policies that would partition ecosystems according to different harvesting niches. For example, individual fishing fleets could specialise in efficiently catching either plaice and sole, cod and whiting, or prawns.

A radical approach to managing natural resources could target the problem of their over-exploitation, such as in forests or fisheries, according to a new study.

Researchers say policies that decide how society uses natural resources could be inspired by nature, which creates sustainable ecosystems amid intense competition between species for limited resources.

Human competition for resources can encourage a race for new technologies to be developed and lead to environmental degradation and loss or decline of species.

However, the new research suggests that man's impact on the environment could be tempered by policies that encourage commercial use of selected parts of the limited resource. Such an approach would mimic the way that wild species develop narrow ecological niches, for instance when songbirds share forests by feeding and nesting at distinctive heights in the trees.

The findings support policies that would partition ecosystems according to different harvesting niches. For example, individual fishing fleets could specialise in efficiently catching either plaice and sole, cod and whiting, or prawns. This would enable technology to advance for each specialism, leading eventually to harvesting of single fish species with little or no by-catch.

Enabling operators to take a specialised catch with greater efficiency would avoid competition, overharvesting, or domination of a single user, researchers say. Such a system could enable higher sustainable quotas to be set than is possible currently, leading to productive, sustainable industrial systems.

Martyn Murray, of the University of Edinburgh's School of Biological Sciences, who led the study, said: "History is littered with examples where local resources and entire ecosystems have failed from overuse, from the collapse of North Sea herring fishing in the 1970s to over-exploited wildlife populations today.

"Better management of resources could help protect against many environmental problems, such as shrinking forests, disappearing lakes and rivers, empty seas, and overgrazed pastures, together with their aftermath of poverty, conflict and hostilities."

The study was published in the journal Ecological Applications.

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only


Related Links
University of Edinburgh
Space Technology News - Applications and Research

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
Ruthenium nanoframes open the doors to better catalysts
Houghton MI (SPX) Apr 07, 2016
The world is run by catalysts. They clean up after cars, help make fertilizers, and could be the key to better hydrogen fuel. Now, a team of chemists, led by Xiaohu Xia from Michigan Technological University, has found a better way to make metal nanoframe catalysts. Last week, Nano Letters published the team's study, which covers how the researchers made a catalyst for the first time out o ... read more

The Moon thought to play a major role in maintaining Earth's magnetic field

Moon Mission: A Blueprint for the Red Planet

The Lunar Race That Isn't

Earth's moon wandered off axis billions of years ago

Help keep heat on Mars Express through data mining

Ancient Mars bombardment likely enhanced life-supporting habitat

Opportunity's Devilish View from on High

Mars Longevity Champion Launched 15 Years Ago

Spanish port becomes global 'smart city' laboratory

Silicon Beach: LA tech hub where the sun always shines

New DNA/RNA Tool to Diagnose, Treat Diseases

ASU to develop the next generation science education courseware for NASA

China launches SJ-10 retrievable space science probe

Has Tiangong 1 gone rogue

China's 1st space lab Tiangong-1 ends data service

China's aim to explore Mars

Russian cargo ship docks successfully with space station

Russia launches cargo ship to space station

Cargo ship reaches space station on resupply run

Unmanned Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS on resupply run: NASA

NASA Progresses Toward SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station

SpaceX lands rocket on water platform for first time

SpaceX to launch first cargo since 2015 accident

Atlas V OA-6 Anomaly Status

Searching for Far Out and Wandering Worlds

ALMA's most detailed image of a protoplanetary disc

Planet formation in Earth-like orbit around a young star

NASA's Spitzer Maps Climate Patterns on a Super-Earth

'Self-healing' plastic could mean better bandages, tougher phone cases

Ruthenium nanoframes open the doors to better catalysts

Artificial molecules

Record-breaking steel could be used for body armor, shields for satellites

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.