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Mapping nearly a century and a half of global marine fishing: 1869-2015


Watson, RA and Tidd, A, Mapping nearly a century and a half of global marine fishing: 1869-2015, Marine Policy, 93 pp. 171-177. ISSN 0308-597X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2018.04.023


Understanding global fisheries patterns contributes significantly to their management. By combining harmonized unmapped data sources with maps from satellite tracking data, regional tuna management organisations, the ranges of fished taxa, the access of fleets and the logistics of associated fishing gears the expansion and intensification of marine fisheries for nearly a century and half (18692015) is illustrated. Estimates of industrial, non-industrial reported, illegal/unreported (IUU) and discards reveal changes in country dominance, catch composition and fishing gear use. Catch of industrial and non-industrial marine fishing by year, fishing country, taxa and gear by 30-min spatial cell broken to reported, IUU and discards is available. Results show a historical increase in bottom trawl with corresponding reduction in the landings from seines. Though diverse, global landings are now dominated by demersal and small pelagic species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:global mapping, illegal fishing, small-scale fishing, discards, IUU, historical, commercial, catch, landings, tuna
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:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:125668
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140101377)
Web of Science® Times Cited:60
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2018-04-28
Last Modified:2018-11-27

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