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Webinar: What is the status of fish stocks around the world and the role of fisheries management?
Thursday, 02 April 2020, 12:00
Thursday, April 2, 2020. 12:00PM. Webinar: What is the status of fish stocks around the world and the role of fisheries management? Naomi Pollack, Ocean Guardian School Program. Sponsored by NOAA National Ocean Service. More information here.
Using data from scientific stock assessments of trends in abundance and fishing mortality for stocks representing roughly half of global catch, we show that on average that stocks are increasing and fishing pressure declining. Merging these data with surveys of fisheries management systems we show that where stocks are intensively managed abundance is higher and fishing pressure lower than where there is little fisheries management. We conclude that the solution to sustaining global fisheries is to assess abundance, set regulations to adjust fishing pressure, and enforce those regulations. We do not have abundance data from half of the world's fisheries, but surveys on management systems and expert opinion on stock abundance for those fisheries suggest the stocks are in poor shape.