How aquaculture is threatening the native fish species of Africa

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Africa has long looked to fish farming to help feed its burgeoning human population. But scientists are warning that a new aquaculture push is introducing invasive species that could devastate natural ecosystems…

Read Full Article, Yale E360 (10-30-2017)

Half of all farmed fish have hearing loss due to deformed ears bones; Newsweek (04-28-2016)
New research suggests the way we raise fish in farms and hatcheries could be causing harmful changes to their bodies…

Farmed salmon are different at DNA level than wild salmon in hundreds of ways; Oregon State University (02-18-2016)

Farmed Fish Consumption At Record High, UN Report Reveals, Guardian Uk (05-19-2014)
Humans have never eaten so much fish and other seafood, but nearly half of it is no longer caught wild but is grown in farms, says the United Nations. The rapid growth in the number of people living near coasts and fish farming’s ability to keep up with population growth has seen per capita fish consumption soar from 10kg per person in the 1960s to more than 19kg in 2012…

Aquaculture in Northeast China, NASA (09-28-2015)

The Next Food Revolution: Fish Farming?; CSM (10-25-2015)

As global per-capita fish consumption hits all-time high, UN warns on over harvesting; UN (07-07-2016)
A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows that while growth in aquaculture has helped drive global per capita fish consumption above 20 kilograms a year for the first time, almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now overharvested at biologically unsustainable levels…

African Fisheries Plundered by Foreign Fleets; IPS News (07-02-2016)
A study to determine how much fish had been taken out of the world’s oceans since 1950 in order to better avoid depleting the remaining populations of fish, found that the global catch was 40 percent higher than officially reported…

Mega Trawlers Emptying African Seas, Guardian UK (04-02-2012)
West African waters have been subject to overfishing for decades, the effects of which are being felt by protesting local communities. Trawlers have a disastrous impact with their ability to make massive catches in an area with already declining fish stocks, destroying both African fisheries and the local fishing industry…

Overfishing is as big a threat to humanity as it is to our oceans; Guardian UK (02-16-2016)

The World’s Tuna and Mackerel Populations Are in a “Catastrophic” Decline, Quartz (09-17-2015)

Chinese Foreign Fisheries Catch 12 Times More Than Reported, Study Shows; Science Daily (04-03-2013)

Nearly Half of U.S. Seafood Supply is Wasted, Study Shows, Science Daily (09-25-2015)
As much as 47 percent of the edible US seafood supply is lost each year, mainly from consumer waste, new research suggests…

Fish Farms Cause Rapid Sea-Level Rise, Nature (08-16-2013)

Investing in fisheries management improves fish populations; Science Daily (12-19-2016)
Successful fisheries management can be best achieved by implementing and enforcing science-based catch or effort limits, research shows…

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