The threatened status of marine fishes

Marine fishes have been low on the conservation agenda, partly because they are usually regarded as food rather than wildlife. The 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals’ included less than 20 of at least 15 000 species of marine fish (Fig. 1). The results of a recent international workshop on the ‘Threatened status of marine fishes’ make it clear that a great many more species should be considered at risk. Thirty-one scientists from nine countries met this year at the Zoological Society of London, UK (ZSL) from 29 April to 1 May in a vigorous meeting organized by Georgina Mace and Elodie Hudson (ZSL), with sponsorship from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Their mandate was to examine how well the new, and more quantitative, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteriaz for listing threatened species applied to marine fishes, by proposing and evaluating candidate species

Hall, H.J. & A.C.J Vincent (1996). The threatened status of marine fishes. Trends in Ecology & Evolution9(11), 360-361.