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The review noted that the book’s standardized format makes it easy to find species of interest. For future improvements, it suggested photographs of fish in the field (rather than preserved samples) and additional online materials.
AUTHORS: Sala, E., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Reza, M., Paredes, G., and López-Lemus, L. G.
DATE: March 2004
To get attain a historical record of marine food webs off the coasts of the Gulf of California, the GCMP interviewed fishers, analyzed fishery statistics, and conducted field surveys to collect data from the last 30 years. The study found that gillnet catch length decreased by up to 45 cm from the 1970’s to the 1980’s and that the fisheries shifted from targeting large, long-lived, high trophic level species to small, short-lived, low trophic level species. While landings remained somewhat constant, catch per unit effort declined for most species after 1980.
This study suggested that coastal fisheries in the Gulf of California were not sustainable during the time period and that regional fishery management requires revaluation. Cited over 145 times, this publication presented knowledge for understanding ecosystems around the world—including the Mediterranean, Uruguay, and the Baltic Sea.