The world’s fisheries are in crisis. Their catches are declining, and the stocks of key species, such as cod and bluefin tuna, are but a small fraction of their previous abundance, while others have been overfished almost to extinction. The oceans are depleted and the commercial fishing industry increasingly depends on subsidies to remain afloat.
Award-winning biologist Dr. Daniel Pauly offers a thought-provoking look at the state of today’s global fisheries—and a radical way to turn it around. He draws on decades of research to provide an up-to-date assessment of ocean health and an analysis of the issues that have contributed to the current crisis, including globalization, massive underreporting of catch, and the phenomenon of “shifting baselines”, in which, over time, important knowledge is lost about the state of the natural world.
He also provides a way forward—a vision of a vibrant future where small-scale fisheries can supply the majority of the world’s fish.
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As a fisheries biologist working in many countries, ecosystems and cultures, Daniel Pauly, PhD experienced a wide view about fisheries around the world. In 1999, Daniel Pauly founded, and continues to lead, a large research project devoted to identifying and quantifying global fisheries trends, funded until mid-2014 mainly by the Pew Charitable Trusts and since by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and a number of charitable organizations, and called the Sea Around Us after Rachel Carson’s 1951 bestselling book. Daniel Pauly is also co-founder of FishBase.org, the online encyclopedia of more than 30,000 fish species, and he has helped develop the widely-used Ecopath modeling software. He is the author or co-author of over 1000 scientific and other articles, books and book chapters on fish, fisheries and related topics. He is the recipient of many awards including a fellowship with the Royal Society of Canada and was also knighted as Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur (’17) by the French government.
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