Catch Reconstructions Reveal that Global Marine Fisheries Catches are Higher than Reported and Declining
Nature Communications (Jan. 19, 2016, v7, article number 10244; doi:10.1038/ncomms10244 / by Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller
[Huffington Post] [The study] reanalyzed worldwide catch data and compared it to information that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations uses. Researchers found that from 1950 to 2010, up to 30 percent more fish — more than 35 billion tons a year — were caught than reported to the agency.
Much of this unreported seafood stems from small-scale fisherman, illegal operations and millions of tons of bycatch, or fish accidentally caught and then discarded.
In the same time period, global catch rates have fallen nearly three times faster than estimated as the industry struggles to find healthy populations to fish.
“You have a situation where we have long ceased to live off the interest,” said Daniel Pauly, a professor at the University of British Columbia. “We now live off the capital…”