More than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of food.
In 20 years, this number will double to 7 billion.
Every year, 90 million tons of fish are captured globally, at a value of approximately $50 billion.
Commercial fishing operations target unregulated deep water where large migratory species are exploited. Entire stocks can be depleted in a single season.
Annual global economic losses can soar as high as $23 Billion due to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Modern fishing techniques catch staggering amounts of unwanted fish and other marine life. It's estimated that anywhere from 8 to 25 percent of the total global catch is discarded and that the annual global by-catch mortality of small whales, dolphins and porpoises alone is more than 300,000.
Bottom trawling is one of the most destructive forms of human impact on the oceans. It consists of dragging heavy trawls and nets across the seafloor. Bottom trawling is the equivalent of clear-cutting forest. The damage can be seen from space.
Less than 1% of international waters (beyond countries' territories) are protected.
75%of the world's fish stocks are fished faster than they can reproduce
80%of the world's fish are fully exploited or in decline
90%of all large predatory fish - including tuna, sharks, swordfish, cod and halibut have vanished
Putting pressure on governments to limit fishing subsidies
Establishing and expanding Marine Protection Areas (MPAs). Presently, 1% of the oceans are MPAs.
Better monitoring and policing of the fish trade.
Consumers choosing to buy sustainably-sourced seafood and avoiding threatened species.
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