By Daniel Pauly
5 Easy items good points 5 contributions, initially released in Nature and technological know-how, demonstrating the large affects of recent business fisheries on marine ecosystems. firstly released over an eight-year interval, from 1995 to 2003, those articles illustrate a transition in medical thought—from the initially-contested cognizance that the situation of fisheries and their underlying ocean ecosystems used to be, actually, worldwide to its wide attractiveness via mainstream clinical and public opinion. Daniel Pauly, a well known fisheries specialist who was once a co-author of all 5 articles, offers each one unique article right here and surrounds it with a wealthy array of latest reviews, lots of which led Pauly and his colleagues to extra examine. furthermore, Pauly files how renowned media said at the articles and their findings. by way of doing so, he demonstrates how technological know-how evolves. in a single bankruptcy, for instance, the preferred media decide up a contribution and use Pauly’s conclusions to contextualize present political disputes; in one other, what may be visible as nitpicking through fellow scientists leads Pauly and his colleagues to bolster their case that advertisement fishing is endangering the worldwide marine environment. This constitution additionally permits readers to work out how scientists’ interactions with the preferred media can form the reception in their personal, occasionally arguable, medical studies. In an epilog, Pauly displays at the ways in which clinical consensus emerges from discussions either inside of and out of doors the clinical group.
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Across the open oceans only 2 percent of the productivity supports our fisheries. Yet across the geographically restricted, highly productive parts of the oceans and freshwater lakes, between a quarter and a third of all plant production supports our fisheries. Pimm’s (2001) audit of the Earth is in essence a recalculation of the work of Vitousek et al. (1986) and Pauly and Christensen (1995). Although he uses a different approach and different assumptions, he ends up largely confirming our findings.
One additional feature of such stratification is, obviously, that it allows the identification of problematic or interesting strata. Thus, the information that the PPR required to sustain the world’s fisheries is 8% of the world’s primary production is not as telling as the information that PPR is very low in open ocean waters (2%) and very high on continental shelves (25–35%), where most fishery catches originate. 25 chapter two Fishing Down the Food Web Another Summer in Manila In 1998, three years after the outburst of work leading to the contribution presented in Chapter 1, I found myself once again summering in Manila.
Pauly and Christensen’s numbers show that a third of the oceans’ production goes to support our fisheries—a figure broadly similar to the two-fifths of the land’s production. That is a large percentage and certainly does not offer unlimited hope for oceans to be a new source of food for humanity. Nor is it one that suggests that the oceans are unaffected by our activities. […] To get the numbers of who eats whom, by how much, and with what efficiency, Pauly and Christensen examined 48 detailed case studies and obtained 140 estimates of efficiencies.
5 Easy Pieces: The Impact of Fisheries on Marine Ecosystems (State of the World's Oceans) by Daniel Pauly