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Global fisheries losses at the exclusive economic zone level, 1950 to present


Srinivasan, UT and Watson, RA and Rashid Sumaila, U, Global fisheries losses at the exclusive economic zone level, 1950 to present, Marine Policy, 36, (2) pp. 544-549. ISSN 0308-597X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2011.10.001


Up to one-third of commercial fishery stocks may be overfished at present. By analyzing catch trends and applying an empirical relationship derived from stock assessments, this article tracks the geographic spread of overfishing at the country level in terms of lost catch and lost revenue, from the start of industrialized fishing in 1950-2004. The results tell a cautionary tale of serial depletion to meet the ever-rising demand for fish. Examining country losses with respect to fishery management reveals that overcapacity and excess fishing effort are widespread, but also that recent trends towards sustainability can stabilize or reverse losses (e.g. for Norway, Iceland, the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). Global trade effectively masks the successive depletion of stocks, so that without decisive action to reduce fishing effort, many more stocks will suffer and undernourishment impacts for the major exporting, food-deficit nations will only magnify. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Depletion; Fisheries management; Overfishing; Sustainability; catch statistics; fishery economics; fishery management; fishing effort; international trade; overfishing; resource depletion; stock assessment; sustainability; trend analysis
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:82828
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:36
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2013-02-19
Last Modified:2017-10-16

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