"(...) It may be useful to stress again that reconstructions of the sort presented here do not claim to provide 'true catches'. 'Truth' must remain elusive. But the catches presented in this report certainly represent an improvement over the present situation, and could thus be considered to move towards the 'likely true' catch levels. And often, this is all we can hope for: to improve on things."
Director, Fisheries Centre
from the Director's Foreword of "Reconstruction of Marine Fisheries Catches for Key Countries and Regions (1950-2005)" Edited by Dirk Zeller and Daniel Pauly. FCRR 2007, Vol. 15(2).