Fish Catch Leveling Off
Earth Policy Institute: The world fish catch in 2000, the last year for which global data are available, was reported at 94.8 million tons. After decades of steady growth, the oceanic fish catch has plateaued and since the late 1980s has fluctuated between 85 million and 95 million tons. Some three fourths of oceanic fisheries are fished at or beyond their sustainable yields. In one third of these, stocks are declining.
This is in the face of steadily rising demand for fish, driven by both rising incomes and shift from beef — and both trends are likely to continue. OTOH recent warnings about mercury content in “top carnivore” fish like swordfish, tuna, etc might slow some appetites. (Eliminating mercury pollution would be too sensible an alternative, I guess.)


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