Until now, there has been only one source of data on global fishery catches: information reported to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations by member countries. An extensive, ten-year study conducted by The Sea Around Us Project of the University of British Columbia shows that this catch data is fundamentally misleading. Many countries underreport the amount of fish caught (some by as much as 500%), while others such as China significantly overreport their catches.
The Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries is the first and only book to provide accurate, country-by-country fishery data. This groundbreaking information has been gathered from independent sources by the world's foremost fisheries experts, and edited by Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller of the Sea Around Us Project. Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries includes one-page reports on 273 countries and their territories, plus fourteen topical global chapters. National reports describe the state of the country's fishery, by sector; the policies, politics, and social factors affecting it; and potential solutions. The global chapters address cross-cutting issues, from the economics of fisheries to the impacts of mariculture. Extensive maps and graphics offer attractive and accessible visual representations.
While it has long been clear that the world's oceans are in trouble, the lack of reliable data on fishery catches has obscured the scale, and nuances, of the crisis. The atlas shows that, globally, catches have declined rapidly since the 1980s, signaling an even more critical situation than previously understood. The Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries provides a comprehensive picture of our current predicament and steps that can be taken to ease it. For researchers, students, fishery managers, professionals in the fishing industry, and all others concerned with the status of the world's fisheries, the Atlas will be an indispensable resource.
PART I. Global Accounts
Chapter 1. On the Importance of Fisheries Catches, with a Rationale for Their Reconstruction \ D. Pauly
Chapter 2. Marine Fisheries Catch Reconstruction: Definitions, Sources, Methodology and Challenges \ D. Zeller and D. Pauly
Chapter 3. Global Catches of Large Pelagic Fishes, with Emphasis on the High Seas \ F. Le Manach, A. Cisnero-Montemayor, A. Padilla, L. Schiller, D. Zeller, and D. Pauly
Chapter 4. Distribution of Biodiversity in the Seas Around Us, with Emphasis on Exploited Fish and Invertebrate Species \ M.L.D. Palomares, W.W.L. Cheung, V. Lam, and D. Pauly
Chapter 5. The Sea Around Us Catch Reconstruction Database and Its Spatial Expression \ V. Lam, A. Tavakolie, D. Knip, D. Zeller, and D. Pauly
Chapter 6. The Economics of Global Marine Fisheries \ Sumaila, R. V. Lam, D. Zeller, and D. Pauly
Chapter 7. Global Evaluation of High Seas Fisheries Management \ S. Cullis-Suzuki and D. Pauly
Chapter 8. Global-scale Responses and Vulnerability of Marine Species and Fisheries to Climate Change \ W.W.L. Cheung and D. Pauly
Chapter 9. Modelling the Oceans with Ecopath, Ecosim, and Ecotroph: A Brief Review \ C. Colleter, A. Valls, V. Christensen, and D. Pauly
Chapter 10. Jellyfish Fisheries: A Global Assessment \ L. Brotz
Chapter 11. Changes in Global Seabird Population and Food Consumption \ M. Paleczny, V. Karpouzi, and D. Pauly
Chapter 12. A Global Analysis of Mariculture Production and Its Sustainability, 1950-2030 \ B. Campbell, J. Alder, P. Trujillo, and D. Pauly).
Chapter 13. Nutrients and Pollutants in the Seas Around Us \ S. Booth, W. Cheung, A. Wallace, V. Lam, S. Watkinson, D. Zeller, V. Christensen, and D. Pauly
Chapter 14. Global and Regional Catch Trends in Marine Fisheries \ D. Pauly and D. Zeller
PART II Countries & Territories Accounts
Albania to Yemen
Acronyms and Glossary
Daniel Pauly is a professor in the Fisheries Centre and Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and Principal Investigator for the Sea Around Us Project, a scientific collaboration between the University of British Columbia and the Pew Environmental Group. He is author of Five Easy Pieces: The Impact of Fisheries on Marine Ecosystems, and co-author with Jay Maclean of In a Perfect Ocean: The State of Fisheries and Ecosystems in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Dirk Zeller is the Senior Researcher and Project Manager of the Sea Around Us Project. He has produced over 150 scientific contributions in journals, book chapters, and research reports.
"The word monumental is overused but rarely has a book more deserved it. An extraordinary account of the state of the world's fisheries. Essential reading."
– Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation, University of York, England
"This packed volume offers an all-you-can-eat buffet of information on global fisheries catches: comprehensive and provocative."
– Boris Worm, Professor in Marine Conservation Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
"This timely publication makes a very significant contribution to our understanding of what is actually happening with the world's fisheries and effectively makes the case that improved management requires more holistic approaches and less institutional and disciplinary fragmentation."
– John Tanzer, Director, Global Marine Program, World Wildlife International