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The Spatial Expansion and Ecological Footprint of Fisheries (1950 to Present)

Figure 5

Newly exploited area (103 km2) for each latitude class, averaged over each decade.

Newly exploited area defined as ocean cells where primary production required to sustain fisheries catch exceeds the threshold percentage of primary production. Results based on three exploitation thresholds (10%, 20% and 30%) are presented. Black dots at the base of each histogram represent the mean latitude of the distribution. The dots for each exploitation threshold are fitted with a linear regression; jointly, they suggest the southward expansion of 0.7 to 0.9 degree per year.

Figure 5