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Identifying global centers of unsustainable commercial harvesting of species

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Di Minin, E, Brooks, TM, Toivonen, T, Butchart, SHM, Heikinheimo, V, Watson, JEM, Burgess, ND, Challender, DWS, Goettsch, B, Jenkins, R and Moilanen, A 2019 , 'Identifying global centers of unsustainable commercial harvesting of species' , Science Advances, vol. 5, no. 4 , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2879.

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Abstract

Overexploitation is one of the main threats to biodiversity, but the intensity of this threat varies geographically. We identified global concentrations, on land and at sea, of 4543 species threatened by unsustainable commercial harvesting. Regions under high-intensity threat (based on accessibility on land and on fishing catch at sea) cover 4.3% of the land and 6.1% of the seas and contain 82% of all species threatened by unsustainable harvesting and >80% of the ranges of Critically Endangered species threatened by unsustainable harvesting. Currently, only 16% of these regions are covered by protected areas on land and just 6% at sea. Urgent actions are needed in these centers of unsustainable harvesting to ensure that use of species is sustainable and to prevent further species' extinctions.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Di Minin, E and Brooks, TM and Toivonen, T and Butchart, SHM and Heikinheimo, V and Watson, JEM and Burgess, ND and Challender, DWS and Goettsch, B and Jenkins, R and Moilanen, A
Keywords: global biodiversity loss, IUCN, extinction, unsustainable harvesting
Journal or Publication Title: Science Advances
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science (A A A S)
ISSN: 2375-2548
DOI / ID Number: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2879
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Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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