Improving our understanding of aquatic wild meat: database requirements and research agenda
Daniel J. Ingram and Isabel C. Avila
International Whaling Commission
Overexploitation by humans is one of the greatest threats to the world’s wildlife. For fish, information on catches are now readily available across much of the world, and information on terrestrial wild meat harvests is now being collated in a purpose-built database. There are several records of the direct or opportunistic harvesting of aquatic mammals for use as wild meat worldwide. Currently however, our understanding of the take of aquatic mammals for aquatic wild meat is limited, especially at the regional level. In response to growing concerns about aquatic wild meat, we developed a research agenda to better understand the issues of aquatic wild meat, and describe the pertinent questions that could be answered through the development and analysis of an aquatic wild meat database.