A Cover Story: Fisheries May Drive Stocks to Extinction

Author: Pitcher, T.J.

Source: Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, Volume 8, Number 3, September 1998 , pp. 367-370(4)

Publisher: Springer

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The cover of the 1993 reprint of Beverton and Holt's book bears a diagram, its significance previously unrecognized, that expresses extinction due to fishing. This paper traces the concept to self-regenerating yield models in their 1957 book, its numerical development therein far in advance of its reinvention 30 years later. Local extinction constitutes a critical impact of fisheries on aquatic ecosystems that has been too often downplayed by fisheries science.

Keywords: extinction; fisheries; fisheries yield models; population dynamics

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Email: tpitcher@fisheries.com

Publication date: September 1, 1998

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