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Status and Solutions for the World's Unassessed Fisheries.
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PMID:  23019613     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Recent reports suggest that many well-assessed fisheries in developed countries are moving toward sustainability. We examined whether the same conclusion holds for fisheries lacking formal assessment, which comprise >80% of global catch. We developed a method using species' life history, catch, and fishery development data to estimate the status of thousands of unassessed fisheries worldwide. We found that small unassessed fisheries are in substantially worse condition than assessed fisheries, but that large unassessed fisheries may be performing nearly as well as their assessed counterparts. Both small and large stocks, however, continue to decline; 64% of unassessed stocks could provide increased sustainable harvest if rebuilt. Our results suggest that global fishery recovery would simultaneously create increases in abundance (56%) and fishery yields (8 to 40%).
Christopher Costello; Daniel Ovando; Ray Hilborn; Steven D Gaines; Olivier Deschenes; Sarah E Lester
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1095-9203     ISO Abbreviation:  Science     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-9-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0404511     Medline TA:  Science     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA.
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