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Towards sustainability in world fisheries


Pauly, D and Christensen, V and Guenette, S and Pitcher, TJ and Sumaila, UR and Walters, CJ and Watson, RA and Zeller, D, Towards sustainability in world fisheries, Nature, 418, (6898) pp. 689-695. ISSN 0028-0836 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1038/nature01017


Fisheries have rarely been 'sustainable'. Rather, fishing has induced serial depletions, long masked by improved technology, geographic expansion and exploitation of previously spurned species lower in the food web. With global catches declining since the late 1980s, continuation of present trends will lead to supply 'shortfall, for which aquaculture cannot be expected to compensate, and may well exacerbate. Reducing fishing capacity to appropriate levels will require strong reductions of subsidies. Zoning the oceans into unfished marine reserves and areas with limited levels of fishing effort would allow sustainable fisheries, based on resources embedded in functional, diverse ecosystems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aquaculture; Biodiversity; Ecosystems; Food web; Fisheries; fishery; resource availability; sustainability; aquaculture; ecosystem; environmental sustainability; fishery; food web; geography; priority journal; review; technology; Animals; Cnidaria
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:84077
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:1907
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2013-04-17
Last Modified:2013-04-22

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