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Sea Around Us Project

Sea Around Us Project
Formation July 1999
Headquarters Vancouver, Canada
English, French
Daniel Pauly
Website [1]

The Sea Around Us Project (SAUP) is an international research group based at the University of British Columbia UBC Fisheries Centre that is devoted to studying the impacts of fisheries on the world's marine ecosystems. To achieve this, project staff have used a Geographic Information System (GIS) to map global fisheries catches from 1950 to the present, under explicit consideration of coral reefs, seamounts, estuaries and other critical habitats of fish, marine invertebrates, marine mammals and other components of marine biodiversity. The data presented, which are all freely available, are meant to support studies of global fisheries trends and the development of sustainable, ecosystem-based fisheries policies.

Members of the Sea Around Us Project uncovered that China was overestimating its catches and showed that, when such distortions were removed from overall fisheries catches, global fisheries were actually declining since the late 1980s. The Project also showed that the biomass of large fish in the North Atlantic is one tenth of what it was only a century ago. Aquaculture, according to another study with members from the Project, cannot be expected to compensate for overfishing but is instead likely to exacerbate the problem due to the reliance on wild fish for fishmeal. In other words, without serious long-term planning, the oceans might get a lot worse before they get better.

Initiated and mainly funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, the Sea Around Us Project documents human impacts and proposes policies to mitigate them. The Project contributes to global initiatives such as the Convention of Biological Diversity (through the development of the Marine Trophic Index) and the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The Sea Around Us Project also communicates to broad audiences to convey the urgency of reducing excess fishing capacity, the need to eliminate subsidies and create extensive networks of marine protected areas, and reconsider the current model of carnivorous aquaculture.

See also


  • Watson R and Pauly D (2001) "Systematic distortions in world fisheries catch trends" Nature, 414: 534-536.
  • Christensen V, Guénette S, Heymans JJ, Walters CJ, Watson R, Zeller, D and Pauly D (2003) "Hundred-year decline of North Atlantic Predatory Fishes" Fish and Fisheries, 4 (1): 1-24.
  • Pauly D, Christensen V, Guénette S, Pitcher TJ, Sumaila UR, Walters CJ, Watson R and Zeller D (2002) "Toward sustainability in world fisheries" Nature, 418: 689-695.
  • Pauly D, Alder J, Bennett E, Christensen V, Tyedmers P and Watson R (2003) "The future for fisheries" Science, 302: 1359-1361.
  • Pauly D (2007) "The Sea Around Us Project: Documenting and Communicating Global Fisheries Impacts on Marine Ecosystems" AMBIO: a Journal of the Human Environment, 34(4): 290-295.

External links

  • Sea Around Us Project website.
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