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Assessing the global distribution of river fisheries harvest: a systematic map protocol

Although surface freshwater comprises < 0.01% of the total water volume of earth, freshwater inland capture fisheries and aquaculture represent 40% of the global reported finfish harvest. While the social, economic, and ecological importance of inland fish and fisheries is difficult to overstate, they are often undervalued and underappreciated. Accurate information about these highly dispersed fisheries is inherently difficult to acquire, often unreported, and not collected in a standardized format globally. A standardized river fishery database is needed for managing aquatic systems as well as for defining relevant development policies. Here, we describe our methodology to search, identify, and describe available river fisheries information to create a harmonized global database of river fisheries harvest. This database will provide the first global database of spatially and temporally explicit river fisheries data. The database can be used to identify locations, hotspots of data collection, and gaps in existing knowledge and will be especially important to inform studies and management at larger spatial scales (i.e., watershed, regional, or global scales). This database will also be critical for developing fish biomass models for rivers, which can provide managers with information critical for decision-making, such as improved valuation methods for river fish and fisheries.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Topics Fishing fisheries and aquaculture
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Global
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Version / Edition 2017
License Creative Commons Attribution
Co-author (individual) Chelsie L. Romulo, Zeenatul Basher, Abigail J. Lynch, Yu-Chun Kao & William W. Taylor
Publisher Environmental Evidence
Publication date 2017
Pagination 10
Keywords inland fisheries,map,watershed
Date uploaded March 23, 2020, 04:21 (UTC)
Date modified May 24, 2020, 14:37 (UTC)