Fishing up the past: What historical records can tell us about marine populations today


  • Ruth Thurstan

    1. Postdoctoral researcher at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia. Her main interests centre on reconstructing historical baselines for marine fisheries and coastal environments, in order to inform scientists, policy-makers and the public of the importance of long-term data when making decisions about how we manage our marine environments today.
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Overfishing is a constant concern. But what is a normal, unfished population? As Ruth Thurstan reveals, concerns about overfishing started early – and can help to quantify the fish that were once in the sea.