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From: "David W. Kerstetter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 7 Dec 2001 12:54:05 -0500

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I tried to go to that website, but the new issue has displaced the one you
cited.  Do you know where the EC report can be found?  Many thanks!

Dave Kerstetter

Graduate Student
VIMS Department of Fisheries Science

On Fri, 7 Dec 2001, William Silvert wrote:

> This paper in the latest issue of Nature has been so widely publicised that
> maybe all subscribers have seen it, but it is potentially important enough
> to bear repeating. This account is from the AFS newsletter. Bill Silvert
> STATISTICALLY FLAWED: Various official reports have indicated
> serious overall worldwide increased fisheries harvests in recent years,
> particularly based on data recently discovered to have been seriously
> flawed.  Systematic over-reporting by China in the 1990's has been
> found that, because the China harvests are so large, biases worldwide
> harvest statistics considerably, so that the overall harvest trend was
> officially up for the 1990's while the actual harvest levels had actually
> begun to decline.  What this means is that the actual harvests, and
> perhaps the status of fish stocks, is worse than reported by the United
> Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) findings that depleted
> and overexploited ocean fish stocks constitute about 28 percent of the
> fish in the world's oceans; fully exploited stocks account for another 47
> percent, with moderately exploited and under-exploited totaling about
> 25 percent. The report, "Systematic Distortions In World Fisheries
> Catch Trends," by Watson and Pauly, appears as a letter in the 29
> November issue of Nature (No. 414, pp. 534-536). To view this report,
> go to:
> The Watson and Pauly letter comes on the heels of a scathing
> European Commission report on the European Union's (EU) Common
> Fishery Policy (CFP).  According to a 23 November article in the U.K.
> trade publication, Fishing News  (p.1), the Commission found
> enforcement and monitoring under the CFP to be fragmented, with
> unauthorized fishing being the most frequent infringement of the CFP.
> The report about management implementation, enforcement and
> monitoring for fisheries in the developed world brings into serious
> question the degree of adherence to management measures in less
> developed nations. To see the full FN article, go to:
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David W. Kerstetter, Graduate Student
Department of Fisheries Science                 "Never does nature say one
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science        thing and wisdom another."
School of Marine Science                                -Juvenal
Gloucester Point, Va  23062

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