We’ve Simply Run Out Of Room to Expand Fishing

Guess we’re going to have to rethink that ‘bounty of the sea’ thingie.

From Treehugger.com:   http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/12/weve-run-out-room-expand-fishing.php

by Matthew McDermott, New York, NY
12. 8.10

Sorry to be the downer on the already depressing subject of overfishing, but a new study in the journal PLoS ONE (coming to TreeHugger via Mongabay) just reinforces the notion that we’re fishing the world’s oceans at rates far in excess of what they can take. Though the spatial expansion of what we’re fishing has actually declined since the mid-1990s, this isn’t because we’ve gotten much better at conservation, but is “rather an indication that we’ve simply run out of room to expand fisheries.”

Those of the world of the study’s lead author Wilf Swartz, whose work notes that since the 1950s the global catch of fish has increased 500%–going from 19 million tons in 1950 to 87 million tons in 2005, with the 1980s and 90s seeing the greatest expansion.

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Report co-author Daniel Pauly says,
”This method allows us to truly gauge the impact of catching all types of fish, from large predators such as bluefin tuna, to small fish such as sardines and anchovies.”

Read the study: The Spatial Expansion and Ecological Footprint of Fisheries (1950 to Present)

Complete article at:  http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/12/weve-run-out-room-expand-fishing.php

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