2048: The end of fish?

Seems we are overfishing the hell out of our planet.

According to a WWF report, between 1950 and 2006, the world’s annual fishing haul more than quadrupled, from 19 million tons to 87 million tons. The maps above compares the overfished areas (in red) between 1950 and 2006–the last year for which the data was available. A major reason for this sharp rise is the invention of new technologies like deep-sea trawling and long-lining, which have increased the hauls by quantum leaps.

Daniel Pauly, a professor of fisheries at the University of British Columbia, calls this “Aquacalypse Now: The End of Fish.” Another study predicts a complete collapse by the year 2048–which, by the way, is just 36 years from now.

 Source: Washington Post, WWF and TNR

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