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Over 90 endangered fish and invertebrates are caught in industrial fisheries

Roberson, LA, Watson, RA ORCID: 0000-0001-7201-8865 and Klein, CJ 2020 , 'Over 90 endangered fish and invertebrates are caught in industrial fisheries' , Nature Communications, vol. 11, no. 1 , pp. 1-8 , doi:

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Industrial-scale harvest of species at risk of extinction is controversial and usually highly regulated on land and for charismatic marine animals (e.g. whales). In contrast, threatened marine fish species can be legally caught in industrial fisheries. To determine the magnitude and extent of this problem, we analyze global fisheries catch and import data and find reported catch records of 91 globally threatened species. Thirteen of the species are traded internationally and predominantly consumed in European nations. Targeted industrial fishing for 73 of the threatened species accounts for nearly all (99%) of the threatened species catch volume and value. Our results are a conservative estimate of threatened species catch and trade because we only consider species-level data, excluding group records such as ‘sharks and rays.’ Given the development of new fisheries monitoring technologies and the current push for stronger international mechanisms for biodiversity management, industrial fishing of threatened fish and invertebrates should no longer be neglected in conservation and sustainability commitments.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Roberson, LA and Watson, RA and Klein, CJ
Keywords: endangered species, seafood trade, global, sustainability
Journal or Publication Title: Nature Communications
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2041-1723
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