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Fishing down the deep
Morato, T.; Watson, R.; Pitcher, T.J.; Pauly, D. (2006). Fishing down the deep. Fish Fish. 7(1): 24-34
In: Fish and Fisheries. Blackwell Science: Oxford. ISSN 1467-2960, more
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Keywords
    Deep-sea fisheries; Overfishing; Resource depletion; Marine

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  • Morato, T.
  • Watson, R.
  • Pitcher, T.J.
  • Pauly, D., more

Abstract
    Global landings of demersal marine fishes are demonstrated to have shifted to deeper water species over the last 50 years. Our analysis suggests deep-water fish stocks may be at serious risk of depletion, as their life histories render them highly vulnerable to overfishing with little resilience to over-exploitation. Deep-sea fisheries are exploiting the last refuges for commercial fish species and should not be seen as a replacement for declining resources in shallower waters. Instead, deep-water habitats are new candidates for conservation.

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