New technology allows fleets to double fishing capacity -- and deplete fish stocks faster

New technology allows fleets to double fishing capacity — and deplete fish stocks faster

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Technological advances are allowing commercial fishing fleets to double their fishing power every 35 years and put even more pressure on dwindling fish stocks, new research has found.

Researchers from the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia analyzed more than 50 studies related to the increase in vessels’ catching power and found that the introduction of mechanisms such as GPS, fishfinders, echo-sounders or acoustic cameras, has led to an average two per cent yearly increase in boats’ capacity to capture fish.

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Daniel Pauly at the XV Congress of Colombian Ichthyologists.

Daniel Pauly presents the GOLT at Colombian ichthyology congress

Daniel Pauly at the XV Congress of Colombian Ichthyologists.

Daniel Pauly at the XV Congress of Colombian Ichthyologists.

In July 2019, the Sea Around Us Principal Investigator, Dr. Daniel Pauly, visited northern Colombia to attend the XV Congress of Colombian Ichthyologists and the VI Meeting of South American Ichthyologists, held at the Research Centre of the Antioquia University in Medellín.

Dr. Pauly was the keynote speaker on the first day of the three-day event. He presented a lecture titled ‘Fish must breathe: outline of the Gill-oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT).’

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Instructors and participants at the CMSY workshop in Qingdao.

Sea Around Us co-hosts successful CMSY workshop in Qingdao

Instructors and participants at the CMSY workshop in Qingdao.

Instructors and participants at the CMSY workshop in Qingdao.

In June 2019, the Sea Around Us PI, Dr. Daniel Pauly, and Project Manager, Dr. Deng Palomares, co-hosted a successful, three-day workshop at the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in Qingdao, a city on China’s Yellow Sea coast. They were assisted by graduate student Lu Zhai and long-time Sea Around Us collaborator Dr. Liang ‘Elsa’ Cui.

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