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Old evidence for fewer fish
(2013). Old evidence for fewer fish. Nature (Lond.) 496(7445): 272-273. hdl.handle.net/10.1038/496272d
In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
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Keywords
    Bottom trawling; Catch rate; Decline; Ecology; Fish stocks; Size; Marine

Abstract
    Statements about catch rate, price and fish size, which were given during two Royal Commissions of Enquiry (in 1863–66 and in 1883–85), revealed a perception by fishermen that numbers of white fish, such as cod, had fallen by 64% during their careers. Many fishermen blamed the declines on trawling. These largely forgotten records suggest that trawling began to affect fish stocks long before scientific monitoring and official statistics began.

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