‘No Fish Left Behind’ Approach Leaves Earth With Nowhere Left to Fish

According to a study done by the University of Bristish Columbia the Earth has run out of places to put new fisheries.  This is the first study of its kind.  The study has revealed that fisheries expanded one million sq. kilometres per year from the 1950s to the end of the 1970s.  This number tripled during the 80s and 90s.  The vast increase in fisheries has led to a five-fold increase in the amount of fish available to catch.  In the 1980s the catch reached about 90 million tons and than dropped to around 87 million tons in 2005.  The researchers believe that this decrease in the amount of catch available was from the lack of room to expand fisheries, not from good conservation efforts.  Most of the groups that run these fisheries use all the fish in the surrounding waters until there are none left. This is essentially what the movie “The End of the Line” talked about. If humans keep this up we are going to have a huge problem in the future.

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  1. I remember that the movie stated how a large proportion of humanity’s protein source comes from fish. Fisheries are a unique form of sustainable fishing that allows for us to produce a large mass of food that infringes little on the world’s aquatic ecosystems, so the outcome of this study is particularly devastating, and even more so when one considers that its hard to scale back on commercial fishing without causing potentially undue hunger. However, with overpopulation as an issue, it seems that mass food shortages are inevitable anyway.

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