The View Past Peak Catches: Global Catch Trends in Marine Fisheries

The View Past Peak Catches: Global Catch Trends in Marine Fisheries

This webinar originally aired on 17 May 2016.

How much fish are we really catching from the world’s oceans? Catch data are important in fisheries research, but the availability of reliable and comprehensive catch data is often taken for granted. In a large number of countries, reliable catch data are not available, and the catch data these countries submit to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are incomplete and highly variable. Given the role of FAO in world fisheries, this means that many of the “big numbers” cited when talking or writing about global fisheries are erroneous. We present a “catch reconstruction” approach that we have applied to all maritime countries of the world to overcome this situation. (Read about this effort in the Nature Communications journal article “Catch reconstructions reveal that global marine fisheries catches are higher than reported and declining”.)

In this webinar, we presented our scientific approach, results from several countries illustrating the issues and problems, and the global results as presented in our recent paper. All materials and data for all maritime countries in the world (plus a wide variety of additional data and information items) are freely available for download at We always welcome communications and feedback on our work and the data we present.

This webinar was presented by Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller of the Sea Around Us and the University of British Columbia, and it was co-sponsored by MEAM,, and the EBM Tools Network.

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