Too Much Fishing. Too Few Fish

NINETY PERCENT OF THE BIG FISH ARE ALREADY GONE!!

Trawl nets like this one represent just one of the many tools people are using to take massive numbers of fish from the sea. [Photo: Captain Robert A. Pawlowski, Courtesy NOAA Image library]

Trawl nets like this one represent just one of the many tools people are using to take massive numbers of fish from the sea. [Photo: Captain Robert A. Pawlowski, Courtesy NOAA Image library]

Depending on which experts you ask, between 70% and 80% of the world’s fish have already been overfished. What does that mean? It means the fish can’t reproduce as fast as we’re removing them, so their numbers are in decline.

For the big predatory fish, the situation is really grim. Only 10% of the world’s large predators are left! Ninety percent of big fish such as tuna, shark, swordfish, halibut and cod are gone!

If things keep going the way they are going, there will be no more food in the sea by 2050.

To find out more, read about overfishing at Oceana 

and Save Our Seas  

What can you do?
Go to Seafoodwatch.org’s website to download their sustainable seafood guide or app. To learn about sustainable fishing and find out what seafood items are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid.”

 

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