The demise of Darwin's fishes: evidence of fishing down and illegal shark finning in the Galápagos Islands

  title={The demise of Darwin's fishes: evidence of fishing down and illegal shark finning in the Gal{\'a}pagos Islands},
  author={Laurenne Schiller and J. Alava and J. S. Grove and G. Reck and D. Pauly},
  journal={Aquatic Conservation-marine and Freshwater Ecosystems},
The fauna of the Galapagos Island chain is characterized by high biodiversity and endemism. [...] Key ResultThe total catch for all sectors from 1950–2010 was 797 000 t, of which industrially caught tuna made up 80%. The results also show a high degree of fishing down within the in-shore ecosystem catch, whereby planktivorous mullets have replaced high trophic level groupers within the past three decades. This shift has coincided with the spatial expansion of the Galapagos fishing fleet to areas further off…Expand

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