25 Mar '12, 1pm

Ancient native secrets of sustainable ocean fishing

Ancient native secrets of sustainable ocean fishing

Fish shoal image via Shutterstock Clues on how to manage sustainable ocean fishing can be found by looking back 700 years. Marine scientists investigated fishing yields since the 13th century in America's biggest coral reefs in Florida Keys and Hawaii made some surprising discoveries. They found that by practicing effective eco-system management, the ancient fishing communities achieved higher yields than today and sustained fish stocks. Study co-author and Colby College assistant professor of environmental studies, Loren McClenachan, says, "Ancient Hawaiian society effectively practiced what we now call ecosystem-based management, which is something that modern society often struggles to achieve. Incorporating some of these ancient techniques into today's policy may be the key to sustaining our fisheries." The research, published in the Fish and Fisheries journal, was co-...

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