Identifying global centers of unsustainable commercial harvesting of species

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Di Minin , E , Brooks , T , Toivonen , T , Butchart , S , Heikinheimo , V , Watson , J , Burgess , N , Challender , D , Goettsch , B , Jenkins , R & Moilanen , A 2019 , ' Identifying global centers of unsustainable commercial harvesting of species ' , Science Advances , vol. 5 , no. 4 , 2879 . https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aau2879

Title: Identifying global centers of unsustainable commercial harvesting of species
Author: Di Minin, Enrico; Brooks, Thomas; Toivonen, Tuuli; Butchart, Stuart; Heikinheimo, Vuokko; Watson, James; Burgess, Neil; Challender, Daniel; Goettsch, Barbara; Jenkins, Richard; Moilanen, Atte
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
University of Helsinki, Department of Geosciences and Geography
Date: 2019-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Science Advances
ISSN: 2375-2548
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/301391
Abstract: Overexploitation is one of the main threats to biodiversity, but the intensity of this threat varies geographically. We identified global concentrations, on land and at sea, of 4543 species threatened by unsustainable commercial harvesting. Regions under high-intensity threat (based on accessibility on land and on fishing catch at sea) cover 4.3% of the land and 6.1% of the seas and contain 82% of all species threatened by unsustainable harvesting and > 80% of the ranges of Critically Endangered species threatened by unsustainable harvesting. Currently, only 16% of these regions are covered by protected areas on land and just 6% at sea. Urgent actions are needed in these centers of unsustainable harvesting to ensure that use of species is sustainable and to prevent further species' extinctions.
Subject: BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
IMPACT
LAND-USE
PRIORITIES
PROTECTED AREA EXPANSION
1172 Environmental sciences
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