Fisheries Decline by 90%

Kudos to Cryptogon – this is noteworthy:

Boris Worm, of Dalhousie University in Canada, said his team’s research showed 29 per cent of seafood species currently fished had already collapsed, with catches having declined by at least 90 per cent.

“If the long-term trend continues, all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime – by 2048,” Professor Worm said.

I’ve been warning that the ocean fisheries were collapsing. If the oceans “go”, humans will be very close behind (extinction).

Not a day goes by where there isn’t some news related to collapse. I’m posting them here to try and keep you aware.

According to the article, there is hope – IF we protect our fisheries and give them a chance to recover. Yet only 1% of the world’s fisheries are currently protected.

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2 thoughts on “Fisheries Decline by 90%

  • November 4, 2006 at 9:17 am

    Wont their be a supply/demand problem such as peak oil, happen with the fisheries?
    If we need more and more every year, but supply less and less every year, would’nt major problems happen around 2024?

  • November 4, 2006 at 9:49 am

    Yes and no. Food stuffs will still be a top priority and the ocean is still cheaper then commercial farms (and probably fisheries, but I’d have to check on that). Several billion people presently rely upon fisheries for their daily sustenance.

    I fully expect various natural resources, such as oil, water and food, to become nationalized, confiscated for emergency measures to keep as many people alive as long as possible.

    The right thing to do of course, is an immediate moratorium on all births for the next ten years, which would dramatically reduce population levels, future pollution, resource demands and environmental impacts. Ragaining a sustainable level of population is a top priority, but nobody wants to talk about it. They admit we’re in overshot, but they won’t admit what needs to be done.

    Also bear in mind that the projections are 100% collapse of the fisheries, which means that we will be in extremely serious trouble LONG before then. Even another 25% collapse of existing food stocks and we’re talking world wide levels of starvation in many countries.

    All of these issues coincide in a single generation (or less), which is making the entire concept of total collapse not only likely, but guaranteed.

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