Large discrepancies in reports of fish catches

The Science Show: Saturday 18 April 2015 12:30PM

Official figures paint a dire picture for the world’s fish. And Dirk Zeller says the situation is far worse.

Developed countries reliably report their commercial catches. But they miss discards and recreational fishing.

Developing countries under-report small scale fishing which is often widespread along their coastlines. He says reporting of catches stems from a previous era based on commercial figures. Today we are interested in the whole ecosystem and need to report total mortality imposed on fish stocks. Here this whole important report.