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Wealthy countries dominate industrial fishing
McCauley, D.J.; Jablonicky, C.; Allison, E.H.; Golden, C.D.; Joyce, F.H.; Mayorga, J.; Kroodsma, D. (2018). Wealthy countries dominate industrial fishing. Science Advances 4(8): eaau2161.
In: Science Advances. AAAS: New York. ISSN 2375-2548, more
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  • McCauley, D.J.
  • Jablonicky, C.
  • Allison, E.H.
  • Golden, C.D.
  • Joyce, F.H.
  • Mayorga, J.
  • Kroodsma, D.

    The patterns by which different nations share global fisheries influence outcomes for food security, trajectories of economic development, and competition between industrial and small-scale fishing. We report patterns of industrial fishing effort for vessels flagged to higher- and lower-income nations, in marine areas within and beyond national jurisdiction, using analyses of high-resolution fishing vessel activity data. These analyses reveal global dominance of industrial fishing by wealthy nations. Vessels flagged to higher-income nations, for example, are responsible for 97% of the trackable industrial fishing on the high seas and 78% of such effort within the national waters of lower-income countries. These publicly accessible vessel tracking data have important limitations. However, insights from these new analyses can begin to strategically inform important international- and national-level efforts underway now to ensure equitable and sustainable sharing of fisheries.

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