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Fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions of world fisheries


Parker, RWR and Blanchard, JL and Gardner, C and Green, BS and Hartmann, K and Tyedmers, PH and Watson, RA, Fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions of world fisheries, Nature Climate Change, 8 pp. 333-337. ISSN 1758-678X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0117-x


Food production is responsible for a quarter of anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally. Marine fisheries are typically excluded from global assessments of GHGs or are generalized based on a limited number of case studies. Here we quantify fuel inputs and GHG emissions for the global fishing fleet from 19902011 and compare emissions from fisheries to those from agriculture and livestock production. We estimate that fisheries consumed 40 billion litres of fuel in 2011 and generated a total of 179 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent GHGs (4% of global food production). Emissions from the global fishing industry grew by 28% between 1990 and 2011, with little coinciding increase in production (average emissions per tonne landed grew by 21%). Growth in emissions was driven primarily by increased harvests from fuel-intensive crustacean fisheries. The environmental benefit of low-carbon fisheries could be further realized if a greater proportion of landings were directed to human consumption rather than industrial uses.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:global fuel, global fisheries, greenhouse gas, climate change, climate-change mitigation, energy efficiency, sustainability
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Parker, RWR (Mr Robert Parker)
UTAS Author:Blanchard, JL (Professor Julia Blanchard)
UTAS Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
UTAS Author:Green, BS (Associate Professor Bridget Green)
UTAS Author:Hartmann, K (Dr Klaas Hartmann)
UTAS Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:125150
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140101377)
Web of Science® Times Cited:120
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2018-04-03
Last Modified:2018-11-27

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