Industrial fisheries’ expansion impacts 90 per cent of the global ocean, causes massive catch decline

Industrial fishing fleets have doubled the distance they travel to fishing grounds since 1950 but catch only a third of what they did 65 years ago per kilometre travelled, a new study from the Sea Around Us research initiative at the University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia has found.

By mapping the growth and spread of industrial fisheries using the Sea Around Us data, the researchers found that these global trends were dominated by the heavily subsidized fleets of a small number of countries that have increased the total area fished from 60 per cent to 90 per cent of the world’s oceans.

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More scholarships available with the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean

Catches in the Indian Ocean


Looking for an exciting PhD or postdoc opportunity?

Scholarships (for PhD) and fellowships (postdoc) are available for scientists who wish to work at the University of Western Australia with the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean. These outstanding opportunities are available via the Forrest Research Foundation, which supports marine projects.

The deadlines for the next round is October 31, 2017.

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Want to study with the new Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean?

Scholarships available now

The Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean under the lead of Professor Dirk Zeller is looking for outstanding PhD students interested in conducting ‘big-data’ research on fisheries and fisheries conservation issues at the ocean-basin scale. If this is of interest to you, then consider applying for the Dean’s Excellence in Science PhD Scholarship at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth.

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