Fishery history highlights substantial declines for important species

23 Jun 2017

Catch rates of east coast Spanish mackerel have declined by 70 per cent over the past 80 years. 

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and University of Queensland have documented the decline by combining data from historical newspapers with fisher memories to reconstruct a 103-year record of the Queensland east coast Spanish mackerel spawning fishery.

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