posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 11:45 AM
December 2, 2010
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The world's fishing industry is fast running out of new ocean fishing grounds to exploit as it depletes existing areas
through unsustainable harvesting practices, according to a study published Thursday.
Expansion into unexploited fishing grounds allowed global catches to increase for decades, and disguised the fact that older areas were being
depleted, according researchers at the University of British Columbia and National Geographic.
"We knew the expansion was going on, but this is the first time we have quantified it," said Daniel Pauly, a scientist at the Vancouver-based
university who co-authored the report published in the online journal PLoS ONE.
About 19 million tons of fish were landed in 1950, and that increased to a peak of 90 million tons a year in the late 1980s, according to the
researchers, who looked at data from 1950 to 2005.
This is no big surprise, we have been overfishing for decades. What is worse is that are Oceans, Lakes and Waterways have been contaminated to the
point that isn't safe to eat fish any longer.
Closer to home take a look at the Gulf and the BP disaster, those who live near the Gulf have stopped eating the seafood for the most part and fishing
there is a small percentage since the oil spill. It seems there will come a day when we will no longer have fish in our diet.