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Fishprint of Coastal Fisheries in Jalisco, Mexico
Bravo-Olivas, M.L.; Chavez-Dagostino, R.M.; Lopez-Fletes, C.L.; Espino-Barr, E. (2014). Fishprint of Coastal Fisheries in Jalisco, Mexico. Sustainability 6(12): 9218-9230. dx.doi.org/10.3390/su6129218
In: Sustainability. MDPI: Basel. ISSN 2071-1050, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    trophic level; primary productivity; biocapacity

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  • Bravo-Olivas, M.L.
  • Chavez-Dagostino, R.M.
  • Lopez-Fletes, C.L.
  • Espino-Barr, E.

Abstract
    Coastal fisheries contribute to global food security, since fish are an important source of protein for many coastal communities in the world. However, they are constrained by problems, such as weak management of fisheries and overfishing. Local communities perceive that they are fishing less, as in other fisheries in the world. The aim of this study was to evaluate the fisheries sustainability in the Jalisco coast through the fishing footprint, or fishprint (FP), based on the primary productivity required (PPR) and the appropriated surface by the activity (biocapacity). The total catch was 20,448.2 metric tons from 2002-2012, and the average footprint was calculated to be 65,458 gha/year, a figure that quadrupled in a period of 10 years; the biocapacity decreased, and the average trophic level of catches was 3.1, which implies that it has remained at average levels, resulting in a positive balance between biocapacity and ecological footprint. Therefore, under this approach, the fishing activity is sustainable along the coast of Jalisco.

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