Re-estimation of small-scale fishery catches for U.S. flag-associated island areas in the western Pacific: the last 50 years

Zeller, Dirk and Booth, Shawn and Davis, Gerald and Pauly, Daniel (2007) Re-estimation of small-scale fishery catches for U.S. flag-associated island areas in the western Pacific: the last 50 years. Fishery Bulletin, 105(2), pp. 266-277.

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Abstract

Nearshore fisheries in the tropical Pacific play an important role, both culturally and as a reliable source of food security, but often remain under-reported in statistics, leading to undervaluation of their importance to communities. We re-estimated nonpelagic catches for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and summarize previous work for American Samoa for 1950−2002. For all islands combined, catches declined by 77%, contrasting with increasing trends indicated by reported data. For individual island entities, re-estima-tion suggested declines of 86%, 54%, and 79% for Guam, CNMI, and American Samoa, respectively. Except for Guam, reported data primarily represented commercial catches, and hence under-represented contributions by subsistence and recreational fisheries. Guam’s consistent use of creel surveys for data collection resulted in the most reliable reported catches for any of the islands considered. Our re-estimation makes the scale of under-reporting of total catches evident, and provides valuable baselines of likely historic patterns in fisheries catches.

Item Type: Article
Title: Re-estimation of small-scale fishery catches for U.S. flag-associated island areas in the western Pacific: the last 50 years
Personal Creator/Author:
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Zeller, Dirk
Booth, Shawn
Davis, Gerald
Pauly, Daniel
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 105
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 266-277
Date: 2007
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8896
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 09:32
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 09:32
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8896

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