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‘Ideal’ management could restore the world’s fisheries in 10 years

If all countries adopted ideal fishing management practices, the world’s plummeting fish populations might recover in just 10 years, National Geographic reports. Rising fish populations could improve food security for seafood-eating societies and boost global fishing profits by $53 billion per year, creating a “triple win” scenario, the researchers predict. Their study, published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used a massive fisheries database representing more than three-quarters of global fishing activity to model the effects of different management systems. Many fisheries are already adopting sound management strategies by creating incentives to care for the resource, such as setting sustainable fishing quotas and assigning percentages of the quotas to individual fishermen. 

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