|from: G. Monbiot|
guardian.co.uk, Monday 8 August 2011
About half of humanity is living within 200 km away from the sea. Thus for many "sea" or "ocean may be a word, may be picture, but may not be an experiences - neither in work nor in leisure, be it fishing or beach combing. However we humans live from the sea - and lived from it certainly since neolithic times. Today we humans consumed daily about 40g fish and fisheries products of which little less than half is coming from aquaculture. Without fish our nutrition balance is in danger in particular in low-income food deficit countries (LIFDCs) where 2006-2009 about 19% of total animal protein intake is ensured by fish and fisheries products.
Its a known hazard that we are plundering the sea to death. Non-sustainable fishery and pollution destabilize marine ecosystem, of which Algae blooms, oxygen deficit zones are a warning signs. Beyond that plundering the sea puts at risk our food and our economy too. Thus for those of us, for whom the environment is a second concern after economy some food for thought:
|More at: http://www.illegal-fishing.info/|
Some 20 million tons of fish were caught illegally, unregulated or unreported. The damage created by these illicit activities were estimated in the range of US$ 10 and 23.5 billion annually or 10 % to 25% of the value of global fishery at first sales point (2006 of US$ 91.2 billion).
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p.s. Some pictures use in this blog are from IMAGGEO on-line open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union, of which I'm member.