Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
Data description paper
21 Dec 2021
Data description paper |  | 21 Dec 2021

New historical data for long-term swordfish ecological studies in the Mediterranean Sea

Brian R. MacKenzie, Teresa Romeo, Piero Addis, Pietro Battaglia, Pierpaolo Consoli, Franco Andaloro, and Gianluca Sarà

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Short summary
Management of marine fisheries and ecosystems is limited by knowledge based on datasets which are short and recent. We recovered new long-term catch and size data for swordfish in the Mediterranean Sea. Our new data series cover the period 1896–2010, which predates most other Mediterranean swordfish datasets. The data allow scientists to investigate long-term effects of fishing and ocean–climate conditions on swordfish ecology in the Mediterranean Sea.
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