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Plenty more fish in the sea?

Citation

Watson, RA and Pitcher, TJ and Jennings, S, Plenty more fish in the sea?, Fish and Fisheries, 18, (1) pp. 105-113. ISSN 1467-2960 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/faf.12128

Abstract

Only in the last century did humans overwhelmingly accept that fisheries resources are finite. Consequently, ‘there are more fish still in the sea than ever came out of it’ served as a popular metaphor for unbounded expectations for half a millennium, expectations that also extended to use of the planet in general. By reconstructing historical fishing back 1200 years, we identify when this metaphor actually ceased to be true. For some of our most important stocks, it has not been true for centuries, although surprisingly, for fishes globally, it applied until the last century. We demonstrate, however, that there can still be ‘plenty more fish in the sea’ and that with effective management they provide a continuous flow of benefits for our future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:conservation, global abundance, historical fishing, reconstruction
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:105598
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140101377)
Deposited By:Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2016-01-08
Last Modified:2017-10-12
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