New Worm & Hilborn study: No more gloom and doom
An important new study of the world's fisheries has found that
management efforts especially in developmentally advanced nations —
notably the U.S., New Zealand and Iceland — have been effective in
reversing declines caused by chronic overfishing. The headliners
behind the new story are Boris Worm and his former nemesis, Ray
Hilborn, who had sharply criticized Worm's past work as being motivated
by an anti-fishing agenda, not by true science.
A team of 21 scientists from academia and government, many with
extensive ties to Pew, worked two years on the study, titled
"Rebuilding Global Fisheries." And its findings contrast sharply with
previous findings by Pew and other ENGO scientists, that suggested the
oceans were so "overfished" that many stocks were on a path to
The report appears in the latest issue of Science
magazine. It presents a more hopeful picture than previous alarmist
predictions by the chief author, Boris Worm, and colleagues of his who
have produced many academic studies funded by the Pew Environment Group
and associated environmental non-government organizations.
Read the complete story at The Gloucester Daily Times.