Fisheries: Does catch reflect abundance?

In a comment piece published in Nature, the Sea Around Us Project’s principal investigator, Prof. Daniel Pauly, UBC Fisheries Centre, shares his views, emphasizing that catch data, the amount of fish drawn from the sea, are often the only type of data that tell anything about the status of fisheries.

The Sea Around Us Project, under the guidance of Pauly, is conducting a global evaluation of catch data, from 1950 to present, collated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Results so far reveal that many countries have underreported their catches. For more, click here.