While most fisheries are currently in poor biological health, reforms could create rapid recovery, securing food security and improving fish abundance, according to a new report.
The study, from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, shows that the world’s fisheries, the majority of which are currently overfished and heterogeneous, could be transformed by sustainable fishing ‘commonsense’ reforms to become sustainable and abundant within ten years.
Amanda Leland, senior vice president for oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund and a co-author of the study, told the Huffington Post: “There’s a really positive story right around the corner…we can have our fish and eat it too.
“It would be very hard to find another global, significant environmental challenge that could be solved so quickly,”
The reports show that widespread sustainable management techniques would create an economic and environmental win-win in which, within a decade, fish catch would vastly increase annually to 16 million metric tons, creating $53 billion in profit and 619 MMT of biomass.
Alongside burgeoning amounts of plastic in our oceans, collapsing fish populations mean reform is essential, led by the implementation of fishing rights and catch limits.
The study suggests, however, that rapid progress is well within our grasp with the right leadership and action.
“We now have a clear roadmap for how to recover fisheries: Give fishermen secure fishing rights so they can control and protect their future,” Leland told the Huffington Post.
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