Supplementary Press Materials relating to
"Rapid worldwide depletion of predatory fish communities"
Ransom A. Myers and Boris Worm
Nature, May 15th, 2003

Press Release

Cover Study of Nature Provides Startling New Evidence that Only 10% of
All Large Fish are Left in Global Ocean

90 % of All Large Fish Including Tuna, Marlin, Swordfish, Sharks, Cod and Halibut are Gone

Leading Scientists Say Need to Attempt Restoration on a Global Scale is Urgent

Full Press Release Available in PDF and Word.
This research was part of a larger project on pelagic longlining supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Support was also provided by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Contact Information

Dr. Ransom Myers
Department of Biology
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4J1
(902)494-3736 (fax)
[email protected]
Dr. Boris Worm
Institute for Marine Science
Duesternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel
+49-431-6004407 or +49-430-8189909
+49-431-6004402 (fax)
[email protected]

Images & Video
QuickTime 23MB
QuickTime for TV 65MB
An animated map of changes in catch per unit effort is available to broadcasters. Please contact Jessica Brown ([email protected])

Decline is Biomass
Graph shows the decline in biomass in the Southern Grand Banks

Decline is Biomass
Charts showing the decline in biomass grouped by location and species

Historical Fishing Images
available through Antique Fishing Reels - go to & click on "classic fishing" in the tool bar.

Bluefin Tuna Images
B-roll and high-resolution digital images of giant bluefin tuna on exhibit at the aquarium, as well as video and still images of the Tuna Research and Conservation Center field projects to tag and release giant bluefin tuna in the wild is available from the Monterey Aquarium For still images please contact Ken Peterson at [email protected] or 831-648-4922. For video, please contact Mimi Hahn [email protected] or 831-648-4918.

Line Drawings by Richard Ellis
Island Press has made six line drawings of large predatory fish by Richard Ellis available. You are free to use the images with credit: "Illustration by Richard Ellis from THE EMPTY OCEAN (Island Press/Shearwater Books 2003)"

Other Links of Interest:

If you should need additional materials or have any questions please contact Jessica Brown at #202-483-9570 or via e-mail at [email protected]