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December 2005 / Vol. 55 No. 12 BioScience 1041 Overexploitation of the world's fisheries is the

Summary: December 2005 / Vol. 55 No. 12 BioScience 1041
Overexploitation of the world's fisheries is the
subject of much recent concern (FAO 2002,Pauly et al.
2002,Hilborn et al.2003).Although the global production of
fish and fishery products continues to grow,the harvest from
capture fisheries has stagnated over the last decade.Today nu-
merous fish stocks and species have declined since their his-
torical peaks,and some have even collapsed,leading to urgent
calls for more stringent management and the establishment
of protected areas (Roberts et al. 2003). However, the dis-
cussion of the current fisheries crisis has focused nearly ex-
clusively on marine resources, and to some extent on
associated threats to marine biodiversity,particularly those af-
fecting charismatic animals such as seabirds, marine turtles,
dolphins,and whales.The fisheries of inland waters have re-
ceived only slight consideration within global analyses (FAO
1999,Hilborn et al.2003,Kura et al.2004).Here we summarize
and evaluate the evidence that overfishing in inland waters is
occurring and is a contributing factor to the decline of fresh-


Source: Allan, David - School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology