Daniel Pauly and Rainer Froese Provide Comments on FAO's State of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Pew Marine Fellow, 2003)

  • December 08, 2011

Daniel Pauly, a professor at the University of British Columbia, and Rainer Froese, a project leader and coordinator of FishBase, have provided comments on a few sections of the FAO's 2010 edition of the bi-annual ‘State of the World's Fisheries and Aquaculture' (SOFIA), including its characterization of the present as a period of ‘stability,' the peculiar role of China's fisheries statistics, the under-reporting of much of the small-scale fisheries catch from developing countries as a key aspect of the deteriorating quality of statistical data submitted to the FAO by member countries, and some other minor topics.

“Overall, this SOFIA report, like its predecessors, provides an excellent starting point for debates about the status of global fisheries, rather than settling them,” the authors write. “Moreover, this debate should be broader; for example, it should involve more researchers from universities and civil society to provide the wide variety of views and analyses required to strengthen FAO in its laudable mission of providing dependable information on the state of global fisheries.” The team's comments are in a paper published in online in Marine Policy on 8 December 2011.

To read the full paper,  Comments on FAO's State of Fisheries and Aquaculture, or ‘SOFIA 2010' go to the Science Direct Website.