Rapidly shifting baselines in Yangtze fishing communities and local memory of extinct species.

  title={Rapidly shifting baselines in Yangtze fishing communities and local memory of extinct species.},
  author={Samuel T Turvey and Leigh A. Barrett and Hao Yujiang and Zhang Lei and Zhang Xinqiao and Wang Xianyan and Huang Yadong and Zhou Kaiya and Tom Hart and Wang Ding},
  journal={Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology},
  volume={24 3},
Local ecological knowledge can provide a unique source of data for conservation, especially in efforts to investigate the status of rare or possibly extinct species, but it is unlikely to remain constant over time. Loss of perspective about past ecological conditions caused by lack of communication between generations may create "shifting baseline syndrome," in which younger generations are less aware of local species diversity or abundance in the recent past. This phenomenon has been widely… CONTINUE READING
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