Plenty more fish in the sea?

thumbnail photo of a tightly-packed school of small fish swimming in the oceanCompared to previous analyses of catch trend data, the researchers' use of biomass data from stock assessments found that lower percentages of fisheries are collapsed or over exploited.

Contrasting Global Trends in Marine Fishery Status Obtained from Catches and from Stock Assessments
T.A. Branch, O.P. Jensen, D. Ricard, Y. Ye, R. Hilborn
Conservation Biology 25 (2011)

Articles about this study appeared in:
NY Times Green Blog: One Fish, Two Fish, False-ish, True-ish
New Scientist: Stay of Execution for World's Fish Stocks
InvestSMART (Australia): Count fish in water, not catch, says scientist
Seafood Source: Researcher: Collapsed fish stocks overestimated
Columbia Basin Bulletin: New method for measuring biomass shows fish stocks more stable than we think
Dalje (Croatia): World fish stocks said improved
Science Daily: Plenty More Fish in the Sea?

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Posted on May 3, 2011