Can we meet the Target? Status and future trends for fisheries sustainability

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2017
Date published: 12/2017
Authors: Louise Teh, William Cheung, Villy Christensen, UR Sumaila
Journal title: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume: 29
Pages: 118 - 130
ISSN: 18773435

We assess progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Target 6, which aims to achieve global fisheries sustainability by 2020. Current trends suggest that the proportion of fish stocks within safe ecological limits is likely to decline until 2020. While model projections show a considerable reduction in overexploited stocks by 2050 if climate change is not considered, there will be a substantial increase in the risk of overexploited fish stocks if climate change is taken into account. Overall, although there is progress toward rebuilding fisheries in some developed nations, this improvement is insufficient to meet the Aichi Target by 2020; there is a need for substantial changes to current fisheries policy and management if Target 6 is to be met.

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