Inflated statistics mask fall in fish stocks
Statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation — which show global fish catches to have increased since 1950 — have been distorted by exaggerated estimates of catch sizes by some countries, particularly China, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver writing in Nature.
Local Chinese officials, whose promotion is linked to their ability to exceed production targets in the country’s socialist economy, may be responsible for the over-reporting, they say.
Reference: Nature 414, 534 (2001)
Link to news article in Nature
Link to paper by Watson and Pauly in Nature