Comments on FAO's State of Fisheries and Aquaculture, or 'SOFIA 2010'.

Pauly, Daniel and Froese, Rainer (2012) Comments on FAO's State of Fisheries and Aquaculture, or 'SOFIA 2010'. Marine Policy, 36 (3). pp. 746-752. DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2011.10.021.

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Abstract

Comments are provided on a few sections of the FAO’s 2010 edition of the bi-annual ‘State of the World’s Fisheries and Aquaculture’ (SOFIA), i.e., its characterization of the present as a period of ‘stability’, the peculiar role of China’s fisheries statistics, the under-reporting of much of the small-scale fisheries catch from developing countries as a key aspect of the deteriorating quality of statistical data submitted to the FAO by member countries, and some other minor topics (but not aquaculture).
Overall, this SOFIA report, like its predecessors, provides an excellent starting point for debates about the status of global fisheries, rather than settling them, and a few vignettes are presented, which illustrate this. Moreover, this debate should be broader, e.g., involve more university- and civil societybased researchers, to provide the wide variety of views and analyses required to strengthen FAO in its laudable mission of providing dependable information on the state of global fisheries

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes; Ichthyology; Fisheries catch; Statistics underreporting; Overfishing; Fishing down
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R03
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R02
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Marine Evolutionary Ecology
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.marpol.2011.10.021
ISSN: 0308-597X
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 10:19
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 10:01
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/12915

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