Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Science. 2004 Sep 24;305(5692):1958-60. Epub 2004 Aug 26.

The impact of United States recreational fisheries on marine fish populations.

Author information

  • 1Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1100, USA. coleman@bio.fsu.edu

Abstract

We evaluated the commercial and recreational fishery landings over the past 22 years, first at the national level, then for populations of concern (those that are overfished or experiencing overfishing), and finally by region. Recreational landings in 2002 account for 4% of total marine fish landed in the United States. With large industrial fisheries excluded (e.g., menhaden and pollock), the recreational component rises to 10%. Among populations of concern, recreational landings in 2002 account for 23% of the total nationwide, rising to 38% in the South Atlantic and 64% in the Gulf of Mexico. Moreover, it affects many of the most-valued overfished species-including red drum, bocaccio, and red snapper-all of which are taken primarily in the recreational fishery.

PMID:
15331771
DOI:
10.1126/science.1100397
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Support Center