Bushmeat Hunting, Wildlife Declines, and Fish Supply in West Africa

  title={Bushmeat Hunting, Wildlife Declines, and Fish Supply in West Africa},
  author={Justin S. Brashares and Peter Arcese and Moses Kofi Sam and Peter B. Coppolillo and Anthony R. E. Sinclair and Andrew Balmford},
  pages={1180 - 1183}
The multibillion-dollar trade in bushmeat is among the most immediate threats to the persistence of tropical vertebrates, but our understanding of its underlying drivers and effects on human welfare is limited by a lack of empirical data. We used 30 years of data from Ghana to link mammal declines to the bushmeat trade and to spatial and temporal changes in the availability of fish. We show that years of poor fish supply coincided with increased hunting in nature reserves and sharp declines in… Expand
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