» home » media tips » Media Tips

April 19, 2013

Media tips & leadsDowload Release in PDF Format

Study finds some overfished stocks return

An international study on over-exploited fish and invertebrates found that some depleted fish stocks can come back from the brink. But the study, published this week in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Science, also said that while some stocks may be more resilient than initially thought, their recovery depends on sensible management. Co-author Julia Baum, a University of Victoria biology professor, says the tendency has been to delay fishing cuts. The study found the longer cuts are postponed, the more uncertain the recovery becomes.

The study looked at 153 fish and invertebrate species throughout the world. The analysis suggested that the majority of stocks are resilient to moderate overfishing and have a good chance of recovering within 10 years—if fishing pressure is reduced rapidly and substantially once a stock has depleted. But rebuilding efforts for many currently depleted stocks has been slow in happening, and continued overfishing has led to their collapse.

The full study is at: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6130/347.abstract


  Media Contacts:

Dr. Julia Baum. (Biology) on cell at 250-858-9349 or baum@uvic.ca
Kim Westad (UVic Communications) at 250-721-7641 or ucommr@uvic.ca

Follow us on Twitter: @uvicnews

UVic is celebrating its 50th anniversary: www.uvic.ca/anniversary

UVic media releases & resources for journalists: http://communications.uvic.ca/media

UVic media releases and other resources for journalists are available on the World Wide Web at http://communications.uvic.ca/media

(image: fern)