In Part 1 we brought you a post about Shark Culling, and had a great response. This time, our focus shifts to another major ocean issue: Overfishing.
Overfishing is another issue that haunts our waters. Fish are currently being sourced throughout the ocean at an unsustainable rate and figures indicate that over 85% of the world’s fish stocks are now fished up to full capacity, or are over-fished, additionally (According to the annual report on the state of Australia’s fish resources by the Commonwealth Government) 13.5% of fish stocks are overfished or are being fished too heavily, and the status of 28% is not known (source).
Another negative effect of overfishing is Bottom trawling, which is the oceans version of deforestation. I’m sure you can imagine what this is like, but ill describe it to you anyway. Ships drag enormous nets weighing several tonnes across the seafloor, destroying coral and sensitive seafloor life in a bit to catch fish dwelling near the ocean floor.
Here are some facts from WWF
- In 2013 around 93 million tonnes of fish were caught world-wide
- Over just 40 years there has been a decrease recorded in marine species of 39%
- Almost 30% of fish stocks commercially fished are over-fished
- Over 60% of fish stocks are fully fished
- Illegal and unregulated fishing constitutes an estimated 11-26 million tonnes (12-28%) of fishing world-wide
If this trend continues, well, let’s just say there won’t be so many fish in the sea.
Under the Ocean has been in discussion with Error404 Fish about this issue, which is a campaign headed by Angela Kwan. The campaign is aimed to raise awareness of the issue of overfishing in Australia and is a fantastic resource for more information about overfishing, and what can and should be done. Make sure you jump on their petition to Ban Super Trawlers Permanently in Australia and support the cause!