Navigation Links
Chinese foreign fisheries catch 12 times more than reported: UBC research
Date:4/3/2013

Chinese fishing boats catch about US$11.5 billion worth of fish from beyond their country's own waters each year and most of it goes unreported, according to a new study led by fisheries scientists at the University of British Columbia.

The paper, recently published in the journal Fish and Fisheries, estimates that China's foreign catch is 12 times larger than the catch it reports to the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization, an international agency that keeps track of global fisheries catches.

Using a new method that analyzes the type of fishing vessels used by Chinese operators around the world and their catch capacity, the UBC-led research team estimates Chinese foreign fishing at 4.6 million tonnes per year, taken from the waters of at least 90 countries including 3.1 million tonnes from African waters, mainly West Africa.

NB: A map illustrating where and how much Chinese vessels currently fish beyond their own waters, and a summary of the study are available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/my2f7sq7c1qeu9o/hENm7semHN

"China hasn't been forthcoming about its fisheries catches," says Dirk Zeller, Senior Research Fellow with UBC's Sea Around Us Project and the study's co-author. "While not reporting catches doesn't necessarily mean the fishing is illegal there could be agreements between these countries and China that allow fishing we simply don't know for sure as this information just isn't available."

"We need to know how many fish have been taken from the ocean in order to figure out what we can catch in the future," says Daniel Pauly, principal investigator of UBC's Sea Around Us Project and the study's lead author.

"Countries need to realize the importance of accurately recording and reporting their catches and step up to the plate, or there will be no fish left for our children."

BACKGROUND | UNREPORTED CHINESE CATCHES

About the study

To calculate a more realistic value of the Chinese foreign catches, the team of 20 researchers used a new method consisting of analysing scholarly articles, news reports and expert knowledge to estimate the number and types of Chinese vessels fishing in other countries' waters. This information is then combined with published data on the amount of catch per vessel type to estimate total catch.

While the new method contains uncertainties, it provides crucial information when official reports alone are insufficient or untrustworthy. It may soon be used to calculate the catches of other countries that fish around the world, such as Spain. Foreign catch information offers a valuable resource for fisheries managers, particularly in developing nations, where most of the foreign fishing occurs.


'/>"/>

Contact: Lisa Boonzaier
l.boonzaier@fisheries.ubc.ca
604-367-4988
University of British Columbia
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Tongue analysis software uses ancient Chinese medicine to warn of disease
2. University of Leeds and Chinese Academy of Sciences join forces
3. Chinese scientists successfully crack the genome of diploid cotton
4. Chinese scientists discover MVK mutations associated with DSAP
5. Chinese scientists discover evidence of giant pandas population history and local adaptation
6. The first genome sequence of Chinese plum provides important resource for fruit improvement
7. NJIT and Chinese Tech Institute join forces for 2013 Solar Decathlon in China
8. Mafic melts, methane seeps, 2 million waves, foreign magma, and the invisible hand
9. Ancient civilizations reveal ways to manage fisheries for sustainability
10. DNA evidence shows that marine reserves help to sustain fisheries
11. SFU scientists engage Science in fisheries debate
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/9/2016)... leader in attendance control systems is proud to announce the introduction of fingerprint attendance ... the right employees are actually signing in, and to even control the opening of ... ... ... Photo - ...
(Date:6/3/2016)... 2016 Das DOTM ... Nepal hat ein 44 Millionen ... Kennzeichen, einschließlich Personalisierung, Registrierung und IT-Infrastruktur, an ... und Implementierung von Identitätsmanagementlösungen. Zahlreiche renommierte internationale ... teilgenommen, aber Decatur wurde als konformste und ...
(Date:6/2/2016)... , June 2, 2016 ... Manned Platforms, Unmanned Systems, Physical Infrastructure, Support & Other ... provider visiongain offers comprehensive analysis of the ... this market will generate revenues of $17.98 billion in ... acquired DVTEL Inc, a leader in software and hardware ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... BEACH, Calif. , June 23, 2016  Blueprint ... new biological discoveries to the medical community, has closed ... co-founder Matthew Nunez . "We have ... us with the capital we need to meet our ... will essentially provide us the runway to complete validation ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... new line of intelligent tools designed, tuned and optimized exclusively for Okuma CNC ... in Chicago. The result of a collaboration among several companies with expertise in ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... YORK , June 22, 2016  According ... growing next generation sequencing (NGS) market include significant ... of smaller sequencers.  More accessible and affordable sequencers, ... to growing demand for consumables including sample prep ... The Market for Sample Preparation for Next Generation ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... ... June 22, 2016 , ... The Immigrant ... achievements and contributions to North Texas and the nation, recently held its annual ... community to the civic and economic vitality of North Texas. Proceeds from the ...
Breaking Biology Technology: