18 Feb 2019 - “The ocean is under threat from pollution and plastics, from overfishing and habitat loss, from acidification, which threatens all life on Earth.” - Cody Simpson, UNDP Ocean Advocate
Commercial overexploitation is so severe that 90% of fish stocks are either fully exploited, over exploited, or have collapsed entirely.
This is a slow moving ecological and financial catastrophe. Fishing provides jobs for 260 million people, almost half of them women.
About 15% of the animal protein for human needs comes from seafood. And yet astounding waste persists in commercial fishing.
One in three fish caught never makes it to the plate. Every year fisheries waste about 10 million tonnes of fish—enough to fill 4,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Trafficking also poses a serious threat to life below water; the World Wildlife Fund estimates that 100 million tonnes of exotic fish are captured every year.
By 2100, without significant change, more than half the world’s marine species may face extinction.
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