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Mapping nearly a century and a half of global marine fishing: 1869–2015

Watson, RA ORCID: 0000-0001-7201-8865 and Tidd, A 2018 , 'Mapping nearly a century and a half of global marine fishing: 1869–2015' , Marine Policy, vol. 93 , pp. 171-177 , doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.04.023.

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Understanding global fisheries patterns contributes significantly to their management. By combining harmonizedunmapped data sources with maps from satellite tracking data, regional tuna management organisations,the ranges of fished taxa, the access of fleets and the logistics of associated fishing gears the expansion andintensification of marine fisheries for nearly a century and half (1869–2015) is illustrated. Estimates of industrial,non-industrial reported, illegal/unreported (IUU) and discards reveal changes in country dominance,catch composition and fishing gear use. Catch of industrial and non-industrial marine fishing by year, fishingcountry, taxa and gear by 30-min spatial cell broken to reported, IUU and discards is available. Results show ahistorical increase in bottom trawl with corresponding reduction in the landings from seines. Though diverse,global landings are now dominated by demersal and small pelagic species.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Watson, RA and Tidd, A
Keywords: global mapping, illegal fishing, small-scale fishing, discards, IUU, historical, commercial, catch, landings, tuna
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Policy
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 0308-597X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.04.023
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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd

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