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Over 90 endangered fish and invertebrates are caught in industrial fisheries

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posted on 2023-05-20, 19:37 authored by Roberson, LA, Reginald WatsonReginald Watson, Klein, CJ
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.


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Nature Communications



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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies


Nature Publishing Group

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United Kingdom

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Socio-economic Objectives

Environmentally sustainable animal production not elsewhere classified