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Coastal catch transects as a tool for studying global fisheries


Watson, R and Pauly, D, Coastal catch transects as a tool for studying global fisheries, Fish and Fisheries, 15, (3) pp. 445-455. ISSN 1467-2960 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/faf.12025


We present a new, intuitive approach for the representation of fisheries catches within profiles perpendicular to coast of the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of countries, or of Large Marine Ecosystems (LME). These ‘catch transects’ show where catch is extracted in the water column and near the sea bottom on plots of log-bathymetry versus log-distance offshore and thus allow for representation of the catch density of pelagic and benthic fisheries. Hence, they also allow direct visual comparison of the intensity of fishing through time and space. The California Current, North Sea and the South China Sea LMEs and the EEZs of Australia, Canada, Chile, China, India and Thailand are presented as examples, revealing the general intensification and extension of fishing offshore and into the depths over the decades from the 1950s. Catch transects reveal how these trends have accelerated in some areas, but surprisingly have reversed themselves in some others. It is proposed that these catch transects will be particularly useful for communicating the results of large-scale fisheries studies to a wide spectrum of groups ranging from the fishing industry to the general public.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Coastal, cross-sectional transects, exclusive economic zones, global fisheries, large marine ecosystems
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, R (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:84145
Year Published:2014 (online first 2013)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2013-04-22
Last Modified:2017-11-14

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