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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

Around the world, fish provide about 3 billion people with almost 20 percent of their intake of animal protein, and 4.3 billion people with at least 15 percent of such protein. Unfortunately, the world’s best efforts at managing its fisheries are hampered by two distinct, but related challenges: 1) a profound lack of data on the health of global fish stocks, and 2) a lack of a systematic analysis of which elements of fisheries management systems lead to improvements in marine conservation, increases in food security, and reductions in poverty. To fill the gap, this SNAP Working Group will: 1) increase the coverage of the global fish stock status and management databases and identify major information gaps; 2) provide an evaluation of the status of fish stocks and fisheries for as much of the world as possible; and 3) conduct a systematic analysis linking management and exogenous factors leading to good outcomes in fisheries management.
Working Group Participants

Principal Investigator(s)

Ray Hilborn, Caleb McClennen, Ana Maria Parma

Project Dates

Start: November 1, 2014

End: July 31, 2018



Ricardo O. Amoroso
Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT)
Chris Anderson
University of Washington
Julia K. Baum
University of Victoria
Doug Beare
Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)
Trevor A. Branch
University of Washington
Christopher Costello
University of California, Santa Barbara
Carryn DeMoor
University of Cape Town
Malek Faraj
Institut National de Recherche halieutique
Ray Hilborn
University of Washington
Olaf P. Jensen
State University of New Jersey, Rutgers
Hiroyuki Kurota
Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute
Pamela M. Mace
Ministry for Primary Industries
Timothy R. McClanahan
Wildlife Conservation Society Kenya
Caleb McClennen
Wildlife Conservation Society
Michael C. Melnychuk
University of Washington
Coilin Minto
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Wendy Norden
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Giacomo Chato Osio
EC Joint Research Centre
Daniel Ovando
University of California, Santa Barbara
Ana Maria Parma
Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT)
Robin Pelc
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Maite Pons
University of Washington
Carmen Revenga
The Nature Conservancy
Santi Roberts
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Jeremy Rude
The Nature Conservancy
Susana Segurado
Xiujuan Shan
Yellow Sea Research Institute
Anthony D.M. Smith
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
Cody Szuwalski
University of California, Santa Barbara
Jono R. Wilson
The Nature Conservancy
Yimin Ye
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


  1. Journal Article / 2017

    Old-growth fishes become scarce under fishing

  2. Journal Article / 2018

    Changes in the size structure of marine fish communities

  3. Presentations / 2015

    Ocean prosperity and the effects of fishery recovery

  4. Presentations / 2015

    Upside analysis presentation

  5. Journal Article / 2016

    Global fishery prospects under contrasting management regimes

  6. Presentations / 2016

    Aligning conservation and seafood production: Potential barriers of offshore aquaculture expansion

  7. Presentations / 2016

    Opportunities and uncertainties of sustainable offshore aquaculture

  8. Presentations / 2016

    Potential and barriers of offshore aquaculture

  9. Presentations / 2016

    Keynote: Opportunities and challenges in sustainable offshore aquaculture

  10. Presentations / 2016

    Lecture: Opportunities and challenges in sustainable offshore aquaculture

  11. Presentations / 2016

    Opportunities and challenges in sustainable offshore aquaculture

  12. Journal Article / 2017

    The potential for blue growth in marine fish yield, profit and abundance of fish in the ocean

  13. Journal Article / 2020

    Effective fisheries management instrumental in improving fish stock status

  14. Journal Article / 2021

    Global status of groundfish stocks

  15. Journal Article / 2017

    Fisheries management impacts on target species status

  16. Journal Article / 2020

    Global trends in status and management of assessed stocks: achieving sustainable fisheries through effective management

  17. Journal Article / 2021

    Identifying management actions that promote sustainable fisheries

  18. Journal Article / 2016

    Effects of biological, economic and management factors on tuna and billfish stock status

  19. Journal Article / 2017

    Does unreported catch lead to overfishing?

  20. Journal Article / 2019

    Global forage fish recruitment dynamics: A comparison of methods, time-variation, and reverse causality

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