Cascading effects of overfishing marine systems

M. Scheffer, S. Carpenter, B. de Young

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Profound indirect ecosystem effects of overfishing have been shown for coastal systems such as coral reefs and kelp forests. A new study from the ecosystem off the Canadian east coast now reveals that the elimination of large predatory fish can also cause marked cascading effects on the pelagic food web. Overall, the view emerges that, in a range of marine ecosystems, the effects of fisheries extend well beyond the collapse of fish exploited stocks
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-581
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • coral-reef
  • shifts
  • catastrophes
  • ecosystem
  • pacific
  • ocean


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