“Defining and Implementing Best Available Science for Fisheries and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.”
P. J. Sulllivan et al. published a committee report in Fisheries journal in 2006 (31, #9, p. 460-464) titled “Defining and Implementing Best Available Science for Fisheries and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.” The report provides a good overview of the difficulties of determining “best available science” and why frequently there are disagreements among scientists as well as between scientists and policymakers. In my book, Wildlife Politics, I have an entire chapter devoted to these issues concerning wildlife preservation. For example, use of different assumptions or different parameters in models can result in conflicting predictions about whether a species (e.g., wolverines) should be listed as endangered due to climate change. Inadequate data exist among many threatened species. There are many examples of political interference with and/or manipulation of science by agencies responsible for wildlife conservation. Scientific findings do not directly determine policy decisions but these decisions are made by public agencies and/or courts. Uncertainty and questions of the “burden of proof” also play a key role in affecting conservation decisions.
I have just completed a book titled "Wildlife Politics" that is scheduled to be published by Cambridge University Press on March 30, 2017. The book covers broadly all major aspects of wildlife conservation policy worldwide. During my research for the book, I noticed that there was no blog available for sharing informaton on wildlife conservation and thus I set up this blog to accomplish this purpose. Please share any informaticoncerning issues related to wildife policy and politics. I welcome feedback from users concerning this blog and website.