Rebuilding global fisheries

Worm, Boris, Hilborn, Ray, Baum, Julia K., Branch, Trevor A., Collie, Jeremy S., Costello, Christopher, Fogarty, Michael J., Fulton, Elizabeth A., Hutchings, Jeffrey A., Jennings, Simon ORCID:, Jensen, Olaf P., Lotze, Heike K., Mace, Pamela M., McClanahan, Tim R., Minto, Cóilín, Palumbi, Stephen R., Parma, Ana M., Ricard, Daniel, Rosenberg, Andrew A., Watson, Reg and Zeller, Dirk (2009) Rebuilding global fisheries. Science, 325 (5940). pp. 578-585. ISSN 1095-9203

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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 Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/life_below_water
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (former - to 2017)
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2011 12:20
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 05:38
DOI: 10.1126/science.1173146

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