Shifting Baselines

Bald eagles removed from the endangered species list, record salmon run in the Columbia River, crab population rebound in the Gulf of Alaska; these are a few of the headlines that give people the impression that some species have recovered or the oceans and land are...

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How Fisheries Can Maintain Degraded States

Human activities degrade ecosystems. This has been obvious for millennia in terrestrial and fresh-water systems, but it became obvious only recently in marine systems. Examples of degraded marine ecosystems are numerous, but the causes of these changes are uncertain...

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Destructive Fishing Practices

Bottom trawls are large nets which are used to catch groundfish and other commercially targeted fish and crustacean species. Bottom trawls are one of the most destructive fishing gear types because they directly threaten species richness and...

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