Courtesy of the British Antarctic Survey
This week's guardedly encouraging study on the state of the world's fisheries, which The Christian Science Monitor covered yesterday, is in many ways a milestone. It acknowledges the problem with overfishing, but also highlights current budding success stories, and the tools fisheries managers used to write them. And it represents a consensus among leading scientists who in the past have been at loggerheads over the health of the world's fisheries.
You can find a summary of the study at the journal Science's website. The full pdf is available by subscription.
But buried deep in comments members of the research team made during a press briefing on the study, University of Washington fisheries scientist Ray Hilborn added a strong caution that had nothing to do with nets, fishing fleets, or no-take zones.
"All bets are off with climate change, particularly ocean acidification," said Dr. Hilborn, one of the study's two lead authors.