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Global marine primary production constrains fisheries catches


Chassot, E and Bonhommeau, S and Dulvy, NK and Melin, F and Watson, RA and Gascuel, D and Le Pape, O, Global marine primary production constrains fisheries catches, Ecology Letters, 13, (4) pp. 495-505. ISSN 1461-023X (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 Blackwell Publishing

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01443.x


Primary production must constrain the amount of fish and invertebrates available to expanding fisheries; however the degree of limitation has only been demonstrated at regional scales to date. Here we show that phytoplanktonic primary production, estimated from an ocean-colour satellite (SeaWiFS), is related to global fisheries catches at the scale of Large Marine Ecosystems, while accounting for temperature and ecological factors such as ecosystem size and type, species richness, animal body size, and the degree and nature of fisheries exploitation. Indeed we show that global fisheries catches since 1950 have been increasingly constrained by the amount of primary production. The primary production appropriated by current global fisheries is 17-112% higher than that appropriated by sustainable fisheries. Global primary production appears to be declining, in some part due to climate variability and change, with consequences for the near future fisheries catches. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd/CNRS.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Bottom-up; Large Marine Ecosystem; Quantile regression; Sustainable fishing; body size; catch statistics; climate variation; environmental factor; exploitation; fishing; marine ecosystem; phytoplankton; primary production; SeaWiFS; species richness
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:83732
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:270
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2013-03-21
Last Modified:2013-12-18

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