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The small world of global marine fisheries: the cross-boundary consequences of larval dispersal

Ramesh, Nandini, Rising, James and Oremus, Kimberly L (2019) The small world of global marine fisheries: the cross-boundary consequences of larval dispersal. Science, 364 (6446). pp. 1192-1196. ISSN 0036-8075

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Identification Number: 10.1126/science.aav3409

Abstract

Fish stocks are managed within national boundaries and by regional organizations, but the interdependence of stocks between these jurisdictions, especially as a result of larval dispersal, remains poorly explored. We examined the international connectivity of 747 commercially fished taxonomic groups by building a global network of fish larval dispersal. We found that the world’s fisheries are highly interconnected, forming a small-world network, emphasizing the need for international cooperation. We quantify each country’s dependence on its neighbors in terms of landed value, food security, and jobs. We estimate that more than $10 billion in annual catch from 2005 to 2014 is attributable to these international flows of larvae. The economic risks associated with these dependencies is greatest in the tropics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Geography & Environment
Subjects: S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 11:39
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 00:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101045

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