STUDY: CHINA REPORTS 9% OF FISH CAUGHT IN AFRICAN WATERS
China's fishermen fail to report up to 91 percent of fish caught in African and international waters to the United Nations, according to a study at the University of British Columbia. Fisheries experts have long stated that the figures reported to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization are low, but officials there contested the findings of the study. “The new estimates seem far, far too high,” says Richard Grainger, chief of the fisheries statistics and information service at the organization. However, researchers maintain that Chinese fishermen are underreporting catches. "China hasn't been forthcoming about its fisheries catches," said a co-author. "While not reporting catches doesn't necessarily mean the fishing is illegal--there could be agreements between these countries and China that allow fishing--we simply don't know for sure as this information just isn't available." China taking more than expected could mean that poorer countries are losing tens of millions of dollars. "We can’t assess the state of the oceans without knowing what’s being taken out of them," said a researcher. For the full story, see http://www.nature.com/news/detective-work-uncovers-under-reported-overfishing-1.12708 and http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/03/chinese-fishing-fleet-african-catch.