It appears the global fish supply could be saved by sustainable practices in less than 35 years, according to the Fund for Environmental Defense. This type of management strategies would benefit not only the fish population but also the fisheries, the fishermen and the consumers.
The plan was created by the Fund for National Defense in collaboration with the Washington University, the California University and the Santa Barbara University as an attempt to save the worldwide fish population from any further decrease in number and to avoid its untimely extinction. If sustainable practices would be implemented, the whole fish supply of our planet could be saved by 2050.
In order to so, however, the fish industry must cooperate by adapting their management strategies. Scientists have found problems in 85 percent of all fisheries on a global scale: these are either fully exploited or overexploited. Since fisheries are on their way to an imminent collapse, the researchers have urged officials to adopt better management strategies in order to avoid a total disaster.
4713 fisheries were analyzed for the study, and these make up about 78 percent of the total worldwide catch each year. Upon a close inspection, the scientists discovered that a third of these were functioning normally, from a biological point of view.
According to study co-author and Fund for Environmental Defense senior oceans vice president Amanda Leland, this is the only environmental challenge that has the chance of such an easy resolution. How can this be?
Well, since about three billion people ingest their protein from seafood, the correct introduction of management strategies would help increase the amount of available seafood on the market. In more detail, the reforms proposed by the team of researchers have the potential of increasing the production of seafood to more than sixteen million tons (metric), as well as record an increase by 53% billion profits each year.
In other words, in only one decade the fisheries could be completely changed. Apart from providing 77 percent of the total worldwide number, they would also finally be considered healthy. Not to mention that the profits of fishermen would also record a surge of 204 percent.
As Santa Barbara University environmental and resource economics professor Chris Costello has pointed out, if the proposal is implemented, everyone would benefit: the fisheries would have more fish, the fishermen would earn more, and the consumers would have an unlimited source of seafood.
In the end, sustainable practices must be adopted if we are to avoid the total extinction of such important creatures not only to the ecosystem but also to the economy.
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