Widely-adopted “fishing down food webs” paradigm questioned

New article in Nature questions the widely-adopted “fishing down food webs” paradigm as indicator of the health of fisheries

The trophic fingerprint of marine fisheries
T.A. Branch, R. Watson, E.A. Fulton, S. Jennings, C.R. McGilliard, G.T. Pablico, D. Ricard, S.R. Tracey
Nature 468, pp.431-435 (18 Nov 2010)

A sample of the U.S. & international media coverage of this study:
MSNBC: Fish Story: Doubt Cast on Depletion of Big Ocean Species
NineMSN (Australia): Global fish stocks lower than thought
France 24 (France): Some global fish stocks may be lower than thought: study
The Independent (UK): Some global fish stocks may be lower than thought: study
The Star (Malaysia): Big fish seen surviving in depleted oceans - study
Kaleej Times (UAE): Big fish seen surviving in depleted oceans
Reuters (India): Big fish seen surviving in depleted oceans - study
Scientific American: What's the Catch?
Nature News: 'Fishing down food chain' fails global test (Nov 17, 2010)
Science Magazine News of the Week: Key indicator of ocean health may be flawed (Nov 19, 2010)
Thaindian News (Thailand): Scientists question widely adopted indicator of ocean health
China National News: Scientists question widely adopted indicator of ocean health
Philippine Daily Inquirer (Phillipines) blog: Some global fish stocks may be lower than thought--study
Santa Barbara Independent: Health of World's Oceans and Fisheries Inaccurately Measured, Study Claims
Conservation Magazine: Scientists Grapple With Measuring The Human Impact on Global Fisheries
Article in Columbia Basin Bulletin
Article on CLIMATIDE (from NPR affiliate WBGH) (Nov 22, 2010)
Article on CLIMATIDE: "Discovery of the Year" (Jan 4, 2011)

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Posted on November 18, 2010