Historical Overfishing and the Recent Collapse of Coastal Ecosystems

  title={Historical Overfishing and the Recent Collapse of Coastal Ecosystems},
  author={J. Jackson and M. Kirby and W. Berger and K. Bjorndal and L. Botsford and B. Bourque and R. Bradbury and R. Cooke and J. Erlandson and J. Estes and T. Hughes and S. Kidwell and C. Lange and H. Lenihan and J. Pandolfi and C. Peterson and R. Steneck and M. Tegner and R. R. Warner},
  pages={629 - 637}
Ecological extinction caused by overfishing precedes all other pervasive human disturbance to coastal ecosystems, including pollution, degradation of water quality, and anthropogenic climate change. Historical abundances of large consumer species were fantastically large in comparison with recent observations. Paleoecological, archaeological, and historical data show that time lags of decades to centuries occurred between the onset of overfishing and consequent changes in ecological communities… Expand
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