What is a Risk Assessment?
Risk assessments quantify the probability of undesirable events along with their consequences and are the fourth step in the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach. They are used to prioritize management interventions and assess tradeoffs, serving as an essential component of ecosystem-based management (EBM). A central objective of most risk assessments for conservation and management is to characterize uncertainty and impacts associated with one or more pressures of interest. Risk assessments have been used in marine resource management to help evaluate the risk of environmental, ecological, and anthropogenic pressures on species or habitats including for data-poor fisheries management (e.g., toxicity, probability of extinction, habitat alteration impacts). To learn more about risk assessments go here.
What risk assessments have been done in the Aleutian Islands?
U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies risk assessment of maritime transportation
In 2015 a risk assessment of maritime transportation in the Aleutian Islands was conducted by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Coast Guard and State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. To learn more about this project go here.
North Pacific Fisheries Management Council fisheries risk assessment
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council as part of their Fisheries Ecosystem Plan has conducted a risk assessment. The risk assessment is used to provide feedback to managers about each fisheries indicator interaction. After driving interactions, a synopsis is provided of what the Council is already doing to address the risk identified for this interaction, and identified actions that the Council may initiate to begin or further address the risk associated with the interaction. Recommended actions include suggestions for needed research to fill data gaps, specific Council analyses, and procedural and process changes. To learn more about the fisheries risk assessment go here.