Walton Foundation Flops As NOAA Demands an Outrageous Paper They Funded on IUU Fishing be Retracted
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis] by John Sackton October 13, 2017
The Head of NOAA Fisheries, Chris Oliver, has called for a major paper on IUU fishing published in Marine Policy to be retracted in its entirety due to egregious factual errors and misreporting as regards US fisheries.
The paper, Estimates of Illegal and Unreported Seafood Imports to Japan, was funded by the Walton Family Foundation (WFF).The lead author, Ganapathiraju Pramod conceived the design, conducted the study, analyzed information and drafted the paper. He has made a career out of constructing a model of trade in illegal fisheries, and has previously published a paper claiming up to 32% of US Fisheries Imports are from IUU fish.
He used the same basic methodology in both papers. First, he develops estimates for trade flows, including fish processed in 3rd countries. Then he searches for all possible indications of IUU fishing from news accounts, literature citations, government and fisheries association reports, consultants reports, NGO reports, Oral or Written interviews, and finally, peer reviewed academic papers.
He takes the mishmash of sources and assigns a weight to IUU fishing in each major sourcing area...
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