As the globe’s fish stocks are depleted, the fishing fleet grows ever larger. But more trawlers are finding fewer and fewer fish. So what can be done about global fisheries in crisis?
Each fishing season is more challenging than the one before. An increased fleet and a diminished fish stock are a recipe for global disaster. In short, the populations of fish simply cannot meet the world’s demands.
Today, we take a look at a special report from ABC called Crisis In The World’s Fisheries. It examines China’s deep sea fishing fleet – the world’s largest. With 2,600 mega trawlers designed to strip the ocean floor, China consumes roughly one third of the globe’s fish supplies.
In this ABC clip, Chinese fishermen discuss the critical state of the fishing industry and the paltry state of their annual catch. In fact, many Chinese fishing crews are currently propped up by government subsidies and little else.
But short-term solutions won’t mend the shattered oceanic ecosystem. Both the ocean’s fish and the local fishermen are in danger of being wiped out by monster trawlers.
Fisheries in crisis mean a globe in crisis. When trawlers scrape the ocean floor, they not only decimate vital fish stocks, they threaten and endanger any marine creatures unlucky enough to encounter their nets.
The clip above highlights efforts by the Chinese government to restore stocks by releasing baby fish, extending fishing bans, and reducing the number of boats. But even with these measure in place, fishermen (and leading scientists) say it won’t be enough.
At Sea Life Rescue, we remain fully committed to fisheries in crisis. We understand that restoring the vast and complex ocean ecosystem will require creativity, hard work, increased awareness, and thoughtful regulations.
We continue to tirelessly advocate for vulnerable sea life through our efforts to restore fish stocks, protect endangered species, and raise awareness the world over regarding the oceans, marine life, and fisheries in crisis.
Because many fish species are critically endangered, it is vital that we remain steadfast in our endeavors. When governments, fishermen, consumers, and conservationists align their vision for a restored ocean, change is possible.