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Identifying global centers of unsustainable commercial harvesting of species


Di Minin, E and Brooks, TM and Toivonen, T and Butchart, SHM and Heikinheimo, V and Watson, JEM and Burgess, ND and Challender, DWS and Goettsch, B and Jenkins, R and Moilanen, A, Identifying global centers of unsustainable commercial harvesting of species, Science Advances, 5, (4) Article eaau2879. ISSN 2375-2548 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1126/sciadv.aau2879


Overexploitation is one of the main threats to biodiversity, but the intensity of this threat varies geographically. We identified global concentrations, on land and at sea, of 4543 species threatened by unsustainable commercial harvesting. Regions under high-intensity threat (based on accessibility on land and on fishing catch at sea) cover 4.3% of the land and 6.1% of the seas and contain 82% of all species threatened by unsustainable harvesting and >80% of the ranges of Critically Endangered species threatened by unsustainable harvesting. Currently, only 16% of these regions are covered by protected areas on land and just 6% at sea. Urgent actions are needed in these centers of unsustainable harvesting to ensure that use of species is sustainable and to prevent further species' extinctions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:global biodiversity loss, IUCN, extinction, unsustainable harvesting
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Brooks, TM (Dr Thomas Brooks)
ID Code:139759
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:39
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-07-02
Last Modified:2020-08-20
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