Fisheries: impacts on economies and oceans from 'invisible workforce'?

Rashid Sumaila

Published on January 31, 2012

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The number of people worldwide whose livelihoods depend on marine fisheries is 260 million, a figure 1.75 times larger than previously thought, according to new research by Rashid Sumaila (2009) and a colleague. Their study, which covered 144 coastal countries, included many small-scale fishing operations that had not been counted before, among them unlicensed fishers. The revised figure suggests larger impacts on fish stocks from fishing -- and possibly on the world's economies, if fish stocks crash, the authors say.