The Fishing Crisis - World Dependence on Fish Fish account...

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World Dependence on Fish Fish account for 15% of world protein supply One billion people rely on fish as their main source of animal proteins Dependence on fish is higher in coastal areas Some small island nations depend on fish almost exclusively
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World Dependence on Fish 95 million tons of fish production are harvested directly from wild populations (salt and fresh water) Another 35 million tons are harvested from aquaculture
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World Dependence on Fish Most fish are used directly for food – although increasingly fish provide animals feeds etc 35 million people are directly employed in fishing International trade in fish products was $US 55 billion which is greater than the individual gross domestic product of over 70% of the world’s nations
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Major depletion of fish stocks 28% of global [fish] stocks are significantly depleted or overexploited, and 47% are either fully exploited or meet the target maximum sustainable yields. Only 24% of global [fish] stocks are either under- or moderately exploited.
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Most of the line fish around the coast of South Africa are depleted to 5% to 15% of historical levels Asian commercial fish species have been depleted to 10% to 30% of what they were 30- 40 years ago. One-quarter of the marine commercial catch destined for human consumption 18-40 million metric tons of fish is thrown back into the sea. These fish are never utilized and the catch is not included on fishing quotas etc.
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In addition there are huge unmonitored and /or illegal fisheries“ It is estimated that the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries surpass allowed fishing quotas by 300%”. Atlantic cod – once a commercially important
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