Fishing Could Feed 20 Million More if Better Managed: Study

Publication: AFP

09/14/2010 - A landmark study by scientists and economists has estimated that better management of the world's wild fisheries could feed 20 million more people, especially in impoverished countries.

Researchers at the Fisheries Centre in Vancouver released Tuesday the first global estimate of the value of the industry, set at 240 billion dollars, but warned that government subsidies encourage over-fishing that is destroying the resource.

The work is "the first big-picture analysis of the value fisheries have for people worldwide," said Rebecca Goldburg, a scientist with the Pew Environment Group, which funded the research. The reports were released via a telephone news conference Tuesday from the Pew Trusts in Washington.

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