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Protecting Our Oceans - Overfishing

15:29 12th December 2013 by Online Editor
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We continue our Protecting The Oceans series with Klaas Voget this week. Focusing on the topic of over fishing we asked him if he had seen any of this first hand, amongst other things. Read on below to see what Klaas wrote, but first, a short lesson on what overfishing is and why we should really take note.

Industrial trawlers just take out every creature – if they have use for it or not…

When It Will End

On the brink of collapse of large-fish populations, commercial fleets are now having to go deeper in the ocean and even further down the food chain for suitable catches. This “fishing down” is triggering a chain reaction that is disturbing the delicate balance of the sea’s biologic system.

A study of catch data published in 2006 in the journal Science grimly predicted that if fishing rates continue as they are then all the world’s fisheries will have collapsed by the year 2048!

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