Special Issue "Cartilaginous Fishes: Stock Assessment and Population Dynamics"

A special issue of Fishes (ISSN 2410-3888).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fabrizio Serena
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Guest Editor
Institute for Marine Biological Resources and Biotechnology of the National Research Council (CNR-IRBIM), Via Vaccara, 61-91026 Mazara del Vallo (Tp), Italy
Interests: Chondrichthyans; Fisheries Science; Stock Assessment; Taxonomy; Marine Ecology; Biodiversity; Conservation Biology; Scientific diving
Dr. Fabio Fiorentino
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Guest Editor
Institute for Marine Biological Resources and Biotechnology of the National Research Council (CNR-IRBIM), Via Vaccara, 61-91026 Mazara del Vallo (Tp), Italy
Interests: Stock Assessment; Fisheries Management; Fisheries Science; Fisheries Biology; Marine Ecology; Fisheries Sustainability
Dr. Alvaro Juan Abella
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Guest Editor
Private Consultant in fisheries science. Via Rana Ca’Mori 20 Este 35042, Italy
Interests: Fisheries; Fisheries Science; Stock Assessment; Fisheries Management; Fisheries Sustainability; Marine Ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are preparing a Special Issue on the stock assessment and population dynamics of cartilaginous fishes considered at a global level.

One of the main problems for the scientific and sociopolitical community is the sustainability of fishery. The ongoing overexploitation of stocks determines not only the impoverishment of fish populations but also the loss of biological diversity. This situation is the main concern for managers and researchers engaged in the search for clear and sustainable solutions to reverse the negative evolution of fisheries.

The numerous management approaches adopted worldwide are evidence of the large variety of basic assumptions connected to the human–nature relationship. These assumptions are often complex and turn out to be ever closely linked to human habits and interests. The aim of our initiative is to contribute to the open discussion on how to improve stock assessment and management advice by taking into account both the ecological and socioeconomic dimensions of fisheries.

Elasmobranchs are a good example of the importance of this discussion, as they play a primary role in ecosystem balance. Being top predators in the food web, their eventual decrease in terms of biomass or number of individuals, or even their disappearance, threatens to alter the ecological equilibrium of marine communities through trophic cascades, with some consequences also being irreversible.

Our intention is to present a review of the current views in addition to more suitable assessment methods for the management and conservation of stocks, taking into account that elasmobranchs are often a bycatch in fisheries that target other species. Aside from knowledge of the population size and list of species present in each area, it is necessary to define their exploitation status and the negative effects that afflict their populations, which occur mostly as a result of excessive and indiscriminate fishing activities and habitat degradation. Therefore, when we consider the role that elasmobranchs have in the marine ecosystem, we should be discussing an integrated approach that employs multiple practices to address exploitation, conservation, and other relevant issues.

The global assessment framework aims to reduce bycatch and the threats to biodiversity in order to ensure sustainable use. The monitoring and assessment of fishery resources is therefore of vital importance for the maintenance of fish stocks, primarily of all top predators, such as elasmobranchs.

Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Serena
Dr. Fabio Fiorentino
Dr. Alvaro Juan Abella
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Fishes is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • stock assessment
  • management
  • bycatch

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