Belizean fishers want changes in policy and practice to revert declining catch trends

Belizean fishers’ experience in the water confirms the declining trends in fishery catches – and, therefore, in fish populations – uncovered by the Belize Fisheries Project (BFP), of which the Sea Around Us is a member together with Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Healthy Reefs for Healthy People…

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Shark Alert: Global study documents increasing trend in shark mortality, identifies pathways to save threatened species

Sharks have persisted as powerful ocean predators for more than 400 million years. They survived five mass extinctions, diversifying into an amazing variety of forms and lifestyles. But this ancient lineage is now among the world’s most threatened species groups due to overexploitation in poorly regulated fisheries and the proliferation of…

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Daniel Pauly at IMPAC 5 –De facto MPAs vs Paper parks

What is the difference between marine protected areas that actually work and paper parks? With the premise in mind, the Sea Around Us principal investigator, Dr. Daniel Pauly, offered a keynote presentation at the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5), held in Vancouver from February 3 to February 9,…

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A fisheries scientist in Penang, Malaysia

By Daniel Pauly In early September 2022, I found myself on the island of Penang, Malaysia, where WorldFish, an international research center focusing on tropical fish culture, is headquartered. WorldFish is the new name of the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), previously located in Manila, the Philippines,…

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The Ocean’s Whistleblower: A Conversation with Daniel Pauly

A momentous occasion presenting the biography of Dr Daniel Pauly, co-creator of FishBase and the man behind the brilliant concepts ‘shifting baselines’ and ‘fishing down marine food webs’, is taking place on June 9, 2022 at 6:00 PM  to 8:00 PM PST –both online (via Zoom) and onsite at the…

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How much fish is left? Assessments for 2,500 stocks now available from the Sea Around Us database

Under the premise of finding out how much fish is left in our oceans since 1950, when industrial fishing operations began to spread to the world oceans, the Sea Around Us team together with the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean, and the FishBase and SeaLifeBase teams assessed the status of over 2,500 fish and invertebrate populations exploited in the Exclusive Economic Zones of all maritime countries and the high seas.

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Daniel Pauly presents work with Q-quatics on documenting and mapping the time series global expansion of industrial fishing at the WFC2021

The four-day World Fish Congress 2021 held late September in Adelaide, Australia had over 800 presentations, including the one by Dr. Daniel Pauly, co-creator of FishBase and Principal Investigator of Sea Around Us. The WFC2021 was conducted in a hybrid format –with both in-person and online presentations and discussion forums,…

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Application of CMSY to reanalyze longest time series of catches and largest fishery collapse in history

Results of using CMSY, advanced yet easy to use fish stock assessment model developed at GEOMAR by Froese et al., to reanalyze more than five centuries of cod fishing in Eastern Canada suggests that annual yields could have been sustained at high levels if authorities had allowed the stock of…

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