Originally aired on 7/26/2017
Until now, there has been only one source of data on global fishery catches: information reported to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations by member countries. An extensive, ten-year study conducted by The Sea Around Us Project of the University of British Columbia shows that this catch data is fundamentally misleading. Many countries under report the amount of fish caught (some by as much as 500%), while others such as China significantly over report their catches.
The Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries is the first and only book to provide accurate, country-by-country fishery data. This groundbreaking information has been gathered from independent sources by the world’s foremost fisheries experts, and edited by Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller of the Sea Around Us Project.
Meet the Panel
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is moderating the session. Ayana is a marine biologist, policy expert, and conservation strategist. She is founder and principal of Ocean Collectiv, a consulting firm that creates and amplifies solutions for a healthy ocean, while centering social justice. Ayana co-founded the Blue Halo Initiative and led the Caribbean’s first successful island-wide ocean zoning effort. She writes about how we can use the ocean without using it up on the National Geographic blog and @ayanaeliza.
Daniel Pauly is a professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (formerly Fisheries Centre) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is also Principal Investigator for the Sea Around Us, a scientific collaboration funded mainly by The Pew Charitable Trusts and by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
Dirk Zeller is the Senior Research Scientist and Executive Director of the Sea Around Us. He has produced over 300 scientific contributions in journals, book chapters, and research reports.