The Sea Around Us project -- one of Vulcan's partners in its ocean health initiatives -- hit a key milestone with the release of a global study that showed countries drastically underreport the number of fish caught worldwide, and the numbers obscure a significant decline in the total catch.
The study was the result of 15 years of research by a team at the University of British Columbia led by Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller and supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
The study attribute the discrepancy to the fact that most countries focus their data collection efforts on industrial fishing and largely exclude difficult-to-track categories such as artisanal, subsistence, and illegal fishing, as well as discarded fish.
“The world is withdrawing from a joint bank account of fish without knowing what has been withdrawn or the remaining balance,” said Pauly.
Vulcan has provided technical support to ensure the data is publically available to researchers, policy makers, media and other potential audiences via the Sea Around Us Web site.
The new data sparked global coverage of the issue:
The Guardian – Overfishing causing global catches to fall three times faster than estimated
The Washington Post – Why we’ve been hugely underestimating the overfishing of the oceans
BBC – Global fishing catch significantly under-reported, says study
Nature News – Independent study tallies ‘true catch’ of global fishing
Le Monde (France) – La surpêche et le déclin des ressources ont été largement sous-estimés
El Pais (Spain) – La humanidad pesca 32 millones de toneladas de peces a escondidas
O Globo (Brazil) – Peso do pescado global é subestimado, diz pesquisa
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