Systematic distortions in world fisheries catch trends

  title={Systematic distortions in world fisheries catch trends},
  author={Reg A. Watson and Daniel Pauly},
Over 75% of the world marine fisheries catch (over 80 million tonnes per year) is sold on international markets, in contrast to other food commodities (such as rice). At present, only one institution, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) maintains global fisheries statistics. As an intergovernmental organization, however, FAO must generally rely on the statistics provided by member countries, even if it is doubtful that these correspond to reality. Here we show that… 


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