NSF Fisheries study 07 2009

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NSF Web Site News News News From the Field For the News Media Special Reports Research Overviews NSF-Wide Investments NSF Current Newsletter Multimedia Gallery News Archive News by Research Area Biology Computing Education Engineering Mathematics Nanoscience Physics Press Release 09-144 New Hope for Fisheries on the Horizon? Scientists detail prospects for recovery, call for global action Billingsgate Market, the largest U.K. fish market, is a wholesale samples seafood market. Credit and Larger Version July 30, 2009 Scientists have joined forces in a groundbreaking assessment on the status of marine fisheries and ecosystems. The two-year study, led by Boris Worm of Dalhousie University and Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington and including an international team of 19 co-authors, shows that steps taken to curb overfishing are beginning to succeed in five of the 10 large marine ecosystems that they examined. The paper, which appears in the July 31 issue of the journal Science, provides new hope for rebuilding troubled fisheries. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara, Calif. "This is a landmark effort to resolve long-standing and seemingly contradictory conclusions based on the same available data," said Henry Gholz, NSF program director for NCEAS. "It demonstrates the power of synthesis." Adds David Garrison, director of NSF's biological oceanography Haddock, whiting and cod are commercially- important fisheries in the North Sea. Credit and Larger Version Three fisheries in Hastings, U.K., were awarded a sustainable fisheries certificate. Credit and Larger Version The researchers' findings appear in the July 31, 2009, issue of the journal Science . Credit and Larger Version nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - New Hope. .. .. 1 of 5 2/1/10 10:05 PM
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program, which funds Hilborn's research, "The results of this study provide hope that, with an increased understanding of ecosystem dynamics and development of creative management solutions, fisheries may be saved." The study had two goals: to examine current trends in fish abundance and exploitation rates (the proportion of fish taken out of the sea); and to identify which tools managers have applied in their efforts to rebuild depleted fish stocks. The work is a significant leap forward, the scientists say, because it reveals that the rate of fishing has been reduced in several regions around the world, resulting in some stock recovery. It bolsters the case that sound management can contribute to the rebuilding of fisheries elsewhere. It's good news for several regions in the U.S., Iceland and New
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