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The Five Biggest Threats to Our Oceans in 2020

The Five Biggest Threats to Our Oceans in 2020

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Overfishing

Some 28.8 per cent of the world’s wild fish stocks are estimated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as overfished. About 61.3 per cent are said to be “fully fished.” That means 90 per cent of the world’s wild fish are either fully or over-exploited. This is due to destructive fishing practises, such as bottom-trawling, which destroys seabed habitats by accumulating huge levels of bycatch. Furthermore, the rapacious greed of the fishing industry has resulted in rampant human rights abuses of workers aboard fishing vessels. In future, we must conform to sustainable standards of fishing to avoid depleting our oceans entirely.

Solution

  • Eat less fish – go veggie or buy MSC approved fish
  • Donate to the Environmental Justice Foundation to combat bottom trawling and human rights abuses

Picture courtesy of Willyam Bradberry/Shutterstock.com

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