March 03, 2005

3/3 - Unshifting the Cod Baseline: New estimates show a 96% decline

Here it is. Exactly what we're talking about with "shifting baselines" in the real world. Rosenberg and Bolster have recalculated "the baseline" for cod. And they say:

"Instead of trying to rebuild fish stocks to levels held several decades ago, we should be trying to aim for the stocks' real potential 150 years ago," said Dr. Bolster, an associate professor of history at UNH. "Our decisions should reflect realistic goals for management, not just recently observed catch levels.


Finding the true baseline for cod.

Posted by Randy Olson at March 3, 2005 03:27 AM