While experts have long been warning of overfishing the world’s oceans, new data shows that the problem may be far worse than anyone expected.
According to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 31.4% of global fish stocks were overfished or fished unsustainably, while 58.2% were already fully fished or in irreparable decline. Global Fishing Watch supported these estimates with another startling find – that humans are now fishing at least 55% of the ocean, which is four times the amount of land currently used for agriculture.
Officials from Global Fishing Watch had this to say: “What we need to do is, both within countries and internationally, put in place sustainable fishery management policies. Unless we get policies in place to protect fishery sustainability, what we’re essentially doing is undermining our food security.”
This is at the essence of what we’re working to change at Aquaharvest. Sustainable, high-quality fish and produce can be delivered without adding more stress to oceans, or requiring ever-more-expensive real estate on land. With the food security of billions hanging in the balance, the time to make a shift towards aquaculture and aquaponics is now.
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