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Marine Food Security

Once modern fishing fleets target a particular pelagic fish species, they can eliminate about 80% of the population in 15 years.

Methods such as bottom trawling and long lining catch many unwanted species.  About 25% of the total global catch is by-catch and discarded. (About 60 billion lbs. a year)

Below is an introduction from Green Peace on bottom trawling


 

Fish are being caught at 40% more than the oceans can replace.  Sustainable fishing requires rethinking subsidies, appropriate use of technology, and better management practices.  The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organizations estimates 75% of fish stocks are in jeopardy

Ocean Dead Zones are increasing from both pollution and climate change.  This in turn is reducing fisheries and increasing the problem of marine food security.

One tool for education on sustainable fisheries is a new text message program.

Text 30644 then type Fish and the type of fish you want information about i.e. Fish Tuna.  

This same information can also be found at::

http://www.blueocean.org/seafood

 

Marine Food Security Facts

 -In the U.S. alone fishing is a $50 billion industry annually.

 -U.N. FAO estimates 52% of fish are harvested at maximum levels and 24% over exploited.

 -50% of the world’s protein comes from fish.

 -Pollution is impacting food security

 -Climate change is expected to increase food security issues.

The Waves of Change is working with groups such as the Ocean Legacy to promote sustainable fishing.

The Waves of Change is also encouraging the development of aquaculture to take some of the pressure off of the Oceans.

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