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Subject: Re: death by fishing
From: John Kirkwood <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 7 Apr 1997 16:51:39 +1000

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> Dave Robichaud wrote:---------------
> >I keep hearing pro-fishing lobbyists saying "sure we fish 'em down
> pretty hard, but there's never actually been a species that was fished
> to extinction."
> >Does anyone know if this is true?  Have there been any species which
> were actually fished to death?

No, it's not true. The Stellar's sea cow (Hydrodamalus gigas) was fished to
extinction within a few years of its first discovery by Europeans.

 Dr John Kirkwood
 Southern Fisheries Centre
 PO Box 76, Deception Bay 4508, Queensland, Australia
 Ph: 61 - 7 - 3817 9587  Fax: 61 - 7 - 3817 9555
 E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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