Smaller fish just as prone to overfishing

Contrary to the pattern in terrestrial species, this study found that smaller fish are as prone to overfishing as larger species.

Researchers discover unexpected patterns of fisheries collapse in the world's oceans.
M.L. Pinsky, O.P. Jensen, D. Ricard, and S.R. Palumbi
Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (2011)

Articles about this study appeared in:
CBC News (Canada): Smaller fish just as prone to overfishing (May 2, 2011)
Nature News: Overfishing hits all creatures great and small (May 3, 2011)
Scientific American: Overfishing Hits All Creatures Great and Small (May 3, 2011)
Science Daily: 'Small Fry' Fish Just as Vulnerable to Population Plunges as Sharks or Tuna (May 3, 2011)
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Ocean's food chain: Overfishing not just an issue for big fish (May 14, 2011)
Vancouver Sun (Canada): Overfishing not just a problem for big fish (May 20, 2011)
San Jose Mercury News: Ocean's food chain: Overfishing not just an issue for big fish
Monterey County Herald: Small fish species at risk

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Posted on May 3, 2011