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ESEP 13:23-25 (2013)  -  DOI:

Parallels in economic and ecosystem crises

Athanassios C. Tsikliras1,*, U. Rashid Sumaila2, Konstantinos I. Stergiou

1Laboratory of Ichthyology, Department of Zoology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, UP Box 134, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece
2Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Sea Around Us, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada

ABSTRACT: We describe the analogy between the state of the economic crisis and the state of global fisheries, both of which are timely and important issues. We believe that there are some lessons from the economic crisis that may benefit global fisheries, if viewed and addressed properly. In a wide ethical framework, the crisis in the global fisheries sector should be taken as seriously as the economic crisis and confronted with similarly drastic measures. Failure to do so will be followed by multiple ecosystem/resource crises, which may lead to ecosystem bankruptcy, either locally or globally, which in turn will have severe side effects on the global economy.

KEY WORDS: Economy · Ecosystems · Resources · Overfishing

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Cite this article as: Tsikliras AC, Sumaila UR, Stergiou KI (2013) Parallels in economic and ecosystem crises. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 13:23-25.

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