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Marine Historical Ecology in Conservation$
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John N. Kittinger, Loren McClenachan, Keryn B. Gedan, and Louise K. Blight

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276949

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276949.001.0001

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Understanding Fisheries through Historical Reconstructions

Understanding Fisheries through Historical Reconstructions

Implications for Fishery Management and Policy

(p.119) Six Understanding Fisheries through Historical Reconstructions
Marine Historical Ecology in Conservation

Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak

Dirk Zeller

Daniel Pauly

University of California Press

Global fisheries catch statistics are often incomplete. The contribution of many sectors, including small-scale fisheries, illegal catches, and discards are frequently absent from or underreported in statistics submitted annually by member countries of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This incomplete accounting in official statistics—and the resulting distorted historical trends—impairs our understanding of the management and policy prescriptions necessary for fisheries sustainability. This chapter, by Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak, Daniel Pauly, and Dirk Zeller, describes an approach to retroactively estimate catches where comprehensive time series data are lacking. Data are gathered from nontraditional sources, such as unpublished studies, gray literature, and published studies and surveys, or from sources unrelated to fisheries, such as satellite imagery. We present examples of the discrepancy between reported and reconstructed catches and discuss the implications of such misreporting for management and fisheries policy on national, regional, and global scales.

Keywords:   fisheries, catch, management, historical ecology, small-scale fisheries, reconstruction

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