‘Only 50 years left’ for sea fish

By | November 2, 2006

Only 50 years left for sea fishThat does it. We need another planet. We have a few billion humans too many. We are destroying all other life on Earth. We are a plague of locusts. We will breed until the food is exhausted, then we will go extinct. If there IS a global conspiracy to reduce human population, this is why. I favor new birth control pills in the water supply or spiking the vaccines rather than war or other mass extermination of living people. In 50 years with no new births we could cut our population down dramatically. How about HUGE tax breaks to people without children?

There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study.

Stocks have collapsed in nearly one-third of sea fisheries, and the rate of decline is accelerating.

Writing in the journal Science, the international team of researchers says fishery decline is closely tied to a broader loss of marine biodiversity. – bbc

This is a vast piece of research, incorporating scientists from many institutions in Europe and the Americas, and drawing on four distinctly different kinds of data.

Catch records from the open sea give a picture of declining fish stocks.

In 2003, 29% of open sea fisheries were in a state of collapse, defined as a decline to less than 10% of their original yield.

Bigger vessels, better nets, and new technology for spotting fish are not bringing the world’s fleets bigger returns – in fact, the global catch fell by 13% between 1994 and 2003.

Historical records from coastal zones in North America, Europe and Australia also show declining yields, in step with declining species diversity; these are yields not just of fish, but of other kinds of seafood too.

I suppose they might just leave the plans out for nuclear bombs where anyone could read them if they really wanted to have some big wars.

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