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From growth to Malthusian overfishing: stages of fisheries resources misuse
Pauly, D. (1994). From growth to Malthusian overfishing: stages of fisheries resources misuse. Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin 3: 7-14
In: Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin. Marine Resources Programme. South Pacific Commission: Nouméa. ISSN 1025-7497, more

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Keywords
    Coastal fisheries; Overfishing; Marine

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Abstract
    This contribution briefly reviews the various forms of overfishing, with emphasis on their implications for tropical coastal fisheries, e.g. the coral reef fisheries of the South Pacific. Addressed are: growth overfishing and its relationship to the study of growth and mortality of fish, and of gear characteristics; recruitment overfishing and its links with parental biomasses; as well as ‘biological’ and ecosystem overfishing. Classical economic overfishing is then defined, along with its younger relative, Malthusian overfishing, which leads to a form of resources destruction not resolvable by interventions solely within the fisheries sector, and requiring alternative, land-based livelihood opportunities.

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