[ View the story "Not enough fish in the sea?" on Storify] Not enough fish in the sea? The Stream examines the effect overfishing will have on unregulated oceans.
The Stream· Tue, Jun 09 2015 18:49:10
"There's plenty of fish in the sea" may soon have little meaning. Some scientists
that the world will face a collapse of all types of fish species by the middle of the century. And the main reason for this is unsustainable fishing, which
not only catching too much fish, but also discarding unwanted catch and destroying the sea floor with trawling.
The video below explains overfishing:
"The oceans are vast – but their capacity to withstand human damage is limited,"
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the World Oceans Day, June 8.
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream Unfortunately, production is at an all time high that to restore ecosystems we need to simply cut back, big time.Taylor Warren
@AJStream The world population is too voracious... a paradigm shift must occur.. limiting fishing is expecting a fox to guard the henhouse..David Takaki
@AJStream no fish in the sea -> no healthy oceanic ecosystems -> not enough oxygen on Earth -> The End. #AJStream #overfishingLynn Zebeda
One of the consequences of overfishing is damage to the marine ecosystem. Experts
that jellyfish are now "taking over oceans". The graphic below shows how overfishing the top predators dismantles food chains and allows uncontrolled reproduction of smaller marine creatures.
have regulations to curb overfishing and to encourage sustainable practices. In an effort to protect the
ecosystem in Europe's waters, the European Union
catch quotas for several fish stocks in 2014. Ministers also agreed to end the practice of bycatch - throwing unintentionally caught fish, often already dead or unfit for consumption, back into the sea - by instructing fishermen to include it into their quota. However, conservationists
quotas are still too high and scientific recommendations are not being followed.
Another problem is enforcement. While it is difficult for countries to manage fishing in the waters under their national jurisdiction, it gets even more complicated when it comes to the
. More than 60 percent of the oceans
outside countries' exclusive economic zones. It is
that at least 20 percent of the world's catch is caught illegally.
The Stream asked its community what they think should be done to stop overfishing.
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream first, we need science-based quotas for ALL fish populations, then, absolutely, we need enforcement of themMichael Crispino
@AJStream Put a UN backed "navy" 2 enforce a moratorium against fishing in certain areas of the world for a set number of years, then...Chuck Correll
@AJStream rotate the areas.Ocean life has to have time to replenish and humans aren't giving them time. Also put a FINAL end to chemical...Chuck Correll
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream We also need to see fish as wildlife, they are part of a vast ecosystem, to lose 1 species affects all species.Sea No Plastic
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream The other option is aquafarming but those are by far the most cruel farming systems for animals, its a tough subjectTaylor Warren
@AJStream Simple...Stop eating sea food..Nanak Singh Athwal
Celebrities have found their way to show 'love' for fish and raise awareness about unsustainable fishing practices. The ongoing project
was set up in 2009.
British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson shared his portrait on Twitter:
Google took action by employing technology to '
document the ocean
' so that humans could better understand it.
Documenting the ocean with underwater Street ViewEarth Outreach
What would you do to protect the world's oceans? Tell us in the comment section below.