Fishing down the coast: historical expansion and collapse of oyster fisheries along continental margins.

  title={Fishing down the coast: historical expansion and collapse of oyster fisheries along continental margins.},
  author={Michael Xavier Kirby},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={101 35},
Estuarine ecosystems have changed dramatically from centuries of fishing, habitat disturbance, sedimentation, and nutrient loading. Degradation of oyster reefs by destructive fishing practices in particular has had a profound effect on estuarine ecology, yet the timing and magnitude of oyster-reef degradation in estuaries is poorly quantified. Here, I evaluate the expansion and collapse of oyster fisheries in 28 estuaries along three continental margins through the analysis of historical… CONTINUE READING
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