Collapse and recovery of marine fishes

  title={Collapse and recovery of marine fishes},
  author={Jeffrey A. Hutchings},
  • J. Hutchings
  • Published 24 August 2000
  • Environmental Science
  • Nature
Over-exploitation and subsequent collapse of marine fishes has focused attention on the ability of affected populations to recover to former abundance levels and on the degree to which their persistence is threatened by extinction. Although potential for recovery has been assessed indirectly, actual changes in population size following long-term declines have not been examined empirically. Here I show that there is very little evidence for rapid recovery from prolonged declines, in contrast to… 

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