Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 255–263 | Cite as

Silent water: a brief examination of the marine fisheries crisis

  • Jennifer JacquetEmail author


This paper is an attempt to synthesize and briefly examine the causes of the marine fisheries crisis, and to speculate about future initiatives. Ultimately, the human appetite is at the root of the marine fisheries crisis. But religion, technology, population pressure, science and our economic systems have provided vehicles for human appetite and thus contributed to overfishing. These various topics are further discussed in the context of the potential restoration of marine fisheries populations.


History Marine fisheries Overfishing Shifting baselines 



The author thanks J. Robinson, M. Bailey, C. Wilkinson, an anonymous reviewer, and, most of all, D. Pauly for suggestions on earlier drafts of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Sea Around Us Project, The Fisheries CentreUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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