f i s h i n g & f o o d
Atlantic bluefin tuna are a commercially valuable species that were fished almost to the point of extinction. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) adopted a recovery plan for bluefin in 2007. Plans like this require accurate and unbiased population estimates.
Estimating natural mortality of Atlantic bluefin tuna using acoustic telemetry. Block et al. 2019.
Food loss and waste (FLW) is a global problem that contributes to climate change at every stage of food production, from growing and harvesting to storage and transportation to disposal. However, interventions at each stage can significantly reduce FLW; for example, interventions in vegetable production were shown to reduce FLW by 5-20%.
Agricultural development addresses food loss and waste while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Galford et al. 2019.
Commercial fishing often has large effects on marine ecosystems. A paper from 1998 found that areas with less pressure from commercial fishing had a higher amount of biodiversity, more total species and individuals, and an increased amount of animals with long lifespans.
Disturbance of the marine bethic habitat by commercial fishing: impacts at the scale of the fishery. Thrush et al. 1998.
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