Large-scale commercial fishing covers more than half of the oceans, study finds

Posted In Ecosystem Destruction, News
Feb
25

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Discarded fishes from unwanted catch, on Atlantic shores. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
The EU has banned discarding caught fish in February 2013. The ban has been phased in gradually, beginning with the North Sea in 2014. By 2019 it will cover all the EU’s fisheries, with some exceptions. Regulatory tools such a seasonal or area closures can help but, alas, cannot completely eliminate the discard problem. Once a fish is caught, it is almost certainly going to die either because it is out of the water or because it was injured in the process… Captions: OECD Observer

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Read Full Article; CBS News (02-23-2018)

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As global per-capita fish consumption hits all-time high, UN warns on over harvesting; UN (07-07-2016)
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The World’s Tuna and Mackerel Populations Are in a “Catastrophic” Decline, Quartz (09-17-2015)

EU proposes total commercial fishing ban on Atlantic sea bass; Guardian UK (10-27-2016)

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