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Overfishing - The consequences

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One billion people rely on fish as an important source of protein. - WWF An international group of ecologists and economists warned that the world will run out of seafood by 2048 - Washington Post The looming collapse of fisheries threatens the most important source of food for 250 million people. - The Earth's Carrying Capacity - Bruce Sundquist According to the UNFAO, about 70 per cent of our global fisheries are now being fished close to, already at, or beyond their capacity. - The Earth's Carrying Capacity - Bruce Sundquist As many as 90 per cent of all the ocean's large fish have been fished out. - WWF one per cent of the world's Industrial fishing fleets account for 50 per cent of the world's catches. - CNN Government subsidies of over $15 billion a year play a major role in creating the worlds fishing fleets.- WWF The global fishing fleets are 250 per cent larger than the oceans can sustainably support.- WWF Only 0.6 per cent of the worlds oceans are designated as protected.- WWF A Greenpeace report states that 40 per cent of the worlds oceans should be placed in nature reserves. - MSNBC In 2004, 13,000 new marine species were discovered, according to the Census of Marine Life. - Census of Marine Life Japan has caught $6 billion worth of illegal Southern Bluefin tuna over the past 20 years. - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Over the past 50 years World consumption of tuna has increased tenfold, from 0.4 million to over 4 million tonnes. - Environmental Justice Foundation In 2000 tuna long liners set 1.2 billion hooks catching untold number of turtles, seabirds and sharks. - WWF Fifteen species of sharks have seen their numbers drop by 50 per cent in the last 20 years. - National Geographic Illegal fishing is worth up to $9 billion a year. - Illegal Fishing.info

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