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Review of the State of World Marine Fishery Resources now available

1 April 2005 - 12 April NaN
It is estimated that 23% of the oceans' wild fish stocks are lightly or moderately exploited and still offer some scope for further fisheries expansion while 52% are fully-exploited - that is, producing catches that are already at or very close to their maximum sustainable production limit. Of the remaining, 16% are overexploited, 7% are depleted and 1% are recovering from depletion, meaning they have no room for further expansion. These assessments are found in the most recent edition of FAO's Review of the State of World Marine Fishery Resources report. As emphasized at the 26th meeting of the FAO Committee on Fisheries in March 2005, rebuilding overexploited and depleted fish stocks is an urgent necessity. This comprehensive, objective and global review is aimed at all involved in the marine fisheries sector and all who have an interest in the conservation and management of fishery resources. The publication, based on official catch statistics and relevant stock assessment and other complementary information through 2004, details the state of world marine fish stocks and provides analysis of major trends and recent changes in the status of world marine fishery resources globally and by major regions, with special sections on high profile issues such as the state of tunas, squids, deepwater fisheries and climate-induced fisheries variability. Hard copies of the Review can be obtained through the FAO Online Publications Catalogue.