Sea Around Us Project launches fishing down website

Sea Around Us Project has launched, a website about the concept of “fishing down” in marine ecosystems, whereby fisheries have a tendency to deplete longer lived, high-trophic level species first, causing a decline in the mean trophic level of catches from an ecosystem.

The site provides scientific references and aggregates case studies illustrating the fishing down phenomenon, including a link to the original article led by UBC biologist Daniel Pauly, published in the journal Science titled “Fishing down marine food webs” (1998).