Conservation 'Leakage' - the unintended consequence of some fishing regulations

"Case studies of the U.S. swordfish fishery suggest that closures along the U.S. west coast and Hawai’i led to a net worldwide increase in bycatch of sea turtles."

"The new review in the Journal of Marine Policy makes the case that, in some instances, fishing restrictions in the U.S. can lead to unintended consequences by creating a spike in negative impacts elsewhere. The paper’s authors – fishery experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Sea Grant and the New England Fishery Management Council – compiled evidence that when U.S. fishery production drops, nations with poor environmental track records can end up increasing their catch to meet consumer demand."

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Leatherback turtle. Photo courtesy of NOAA