The analysis shows a decreasing use of most of the terms related to fishing in books in both Spanish and English.

The decrease in the use of fishing concepts is relevant for stakeholders in fishing, since it can lead to a decrease in public interest in the medium term, which can also lead to a decrease in interest of public administrations in a context where it is necessary to carry out a fishing transition towards more sustainable means of capture.

The decrease in the use of concepts such as “overfishing” is especially relevant because it has happened even though, according to the scientific information available, the problem is far from being solved.

On the other hand, the concepts that relate climate change to the marine environment are gaining strength and, in fact, have already outgrown those specific to fishing.

Overfishing continues to be a term more used than other marine issues such as illegal, unregulated, or unregistered fishing, marine biodiversity, or marine debris, all of which are increasing their presence (or recovering from descending trends in some cases).

Finally, it is interesting to note that some differences can be found between Spanish and English literature. The research suggests that the concepts that link climate change and the marine environment in  Spanish literature still have a level of lower relative presence than the presence in English literature.


Miquel Ortega




Fundació ENT