Scientists estimate that approximately two-thirds of major marine fisheries are fully exploited, overexploited, or depleted.
“During the past 25 years of critical attention paid to the consequences of fishing, there have been such significant lags between descriptive and empirical studies on the one hand, and public awareness on the other, that political responses to important issues have been small and, more often than not, late.”
DNA analysis of rockfish native to British Columbia found that certain species have habitats beyond the area currently conserved for them. For fish with wide habitat ranges, certain marine conservation areas might not be large enough to prevent overfishing.
>> Ancient DNA analysis of Indigenous rockfish use on the Pacific Coast: Implication for marine conservation areas and fisheries management. Antonia T. Rodrigues, Iain McKechnie, and Dongya Y. Yang. 2018.