The Precautionary Approach to Fisheries

"The principle of the precautionary approach is to conduct fisheries activities in a manner that gives a high level of certainty that the marine ecosystem will not be upset or damaged. These principles should apply at all times, even when the stocks are abundant; to apply it only when stocks are low is a reactive response - the very opposite of precaution."

Michael Earle The Ecologist 1995: 25 (2/3): 70.