Technical Comments

Comment on “Tracking the global footprint of fisheries”

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Science  24 Aug 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6404, eaat6713
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6713


Kroodsma et al. (Reports, 23 February 2018, p. 904) mapped the global footprint of fisheries. Their estimates of footprint and resulting contrasts between the scale of fishing and agriculture are an artifact of the spatial scale of analysis. Reanalyses of their global (all vessels) and regional (trawling) data at higher resolution reduced footprint estimates by factors of >10 and >5, respectively.

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