Vanishing Fish

Vanishing Fish

Shifting Baselines and the Future of Global Fisheries

Daniel Pauly, Jennifer Jacquet


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  • Expert analysis of one of this major global issues
  • Author coined term "shifting baselines" – used in fisheries management.
  • According to UN Report (2010): 28% of commercial fish stocks + 68% of "straddling" (or migratory) stocks are overexploited or depleted. 
  • The same report found 2.9 billion people depend on fish for animal protein intake. 
  • And that fisheries exports worldwide grew by 104% from 1986-2006.


Daniel Pauly:

Daniel Pauly, PhD is an esteemed researcher who, in 1995, coined the term “shifting baselines.” A professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, he directs the Sea Around Us, an initiative devoted to studying and mitigating the impact of fisheries on the world’s marine ecosystems. His work has been profiled in outlets such as Science, Nature, and the New York Times, and he has been recognized with numerous awards, including a fellowship with the Royal Society of Canada.

Jennifer Jacquet, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University and the author of Is Shame Necessary?, a book about why shame can be a weapon of choice in a globalized world facing many social and environmental dilemmas. She lives in New York City.