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Cascading effects of overfishing marine systems
Scheffer, M.; Carpenter, S.R.; deYoung, B. (2005). Cascading effects of overfishing marine systems. Trends Ecol. Evol. 20(11): 579-581. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2005.08.018
In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Elsevier Science: Amsterdam. ISSN 0169-5347, more
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Keywords
    Anthropogenic effects; Coral reefs; Kelps; Overfishing; Stock depletion; Anthozoa [WoRMS]; ANW, Canada [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Scheffer, M.
  • Carpenter, S.R.
  • deYoung, B.

Abstract
    Profound indirect ecosystem effects of overfishing have been shown for coastal systems such as coral reefs and kelp forests. A new study from the ecosystem off the Canadian east coast now reveals that the elimination of large predatory fish can also cause marked cascading effects on the pelagic food web. Overall, the view emerges that, in a range of marine ecosystems, the effects of fisheries extend well beyond the collapse of fish exploited stocks.

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