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Rebuilding Global Fisheries


Worm, B and Hilborn, R and Baum, JK and Branch, TA and Collie, JS and Costello, C and Fogarty, MJ and Fulton, EA and Hutchings, JA and Jennings, S and Jensen, OP and Lotze, HK and Mace, PM and McClanahan, TR and Minto, C and Palumbi, SR and Parma, AM and Ricard, D and Rosenberg, AA and Watson, RA and Zeller, D, Rebuilding Global Fisheries, Science, 325, (5940) pp. 578-585. ISSN 0036-8075 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1126/science.1173146


After a long history of overexploitation, increasing efforts to restore marine ecosystems and rebuild fisheries are under way. Here, we analyze current trends from a fisheries and conservation perspective. In 5 of 10 well-studied ecosystems, the average exploitation rate has recently declined and is now at or below the rate predicted to achieve maximum sustainable yield for seven systems. Yet 63% of assessed fish stocks worldwide still require rebuilding, and even lower exploitation rates are needed to reverse the collapse of vulnerable species. Combined fisheries and conservation objectives can be achieved by merging diverse management actions, including catch restrictions, gear modification, and closed areas, depending on local context. Impacts of international fleets and the lack of alternatives to fishing complicate prospects for rebuilding fisheries in many poorer regions, highlighting the need for a global perspective on rebuilding marine resources.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:conservation management; exploitation; fishery management; management practice; marine ecosystem; marine resource; restoration ecology; sustainability; animal experiment; article; biodiversity; biology; biomass; catch selectivity; ecosystem; fish
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:83741
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:1494
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2013-03-21
Last Modified:2014-03-20

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