Marine fisheries – locally important commons resources with global impacts and challenges for management

Marine fisheries – locally important commons resources with global impacts and challenges for management

The recent release of the 2014 FAO report[1] on the State of World Fisheries clearly demonstrates the value of fishing around the globe, and the increasing importance of fish as a source of food. The report notes a significant increase in fish consumption worldwide from under 10kg/capita in the 1960s to 19.2kg/capita in 2012, and that since the early-1990s aquaculture production has steadily increased as a proportion of total fish consumed, while the amount from capture has stabilised, suggesting we may have reached the limits of fishing from natural ecosystems production in many parts of the world.

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