Overfishing May Harm Seafood Population

Publication: The San Francisco Chronicle

Author: Randolph Schmid

11/03/2006 - Clambakes, crabcakes, swordfish steaks and even humble fish sticks could be little more than a fond memory in a few decades. If current trends of overfishing and pollution continue, the populations of just about all seafood face collapse by 2048, a team of ecologists and economists warns in a report in Friday's issue of the journal Science.Article quotes Joshua Reichert, head of the private Pew Charitable Trusts' environment program. He pointed out that worldwide fishing provides $80 billion in revenue and 200 million people depend on it for their livelihoods. For more than 1 billion people, many of whom are poor, fish is their main source of protein, he said.

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