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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Study: Wild Seafood Fisheries Face Collapse By 2050

A new study released today in the journal Science, "Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services," details the growing impact of different fishing practices on the marine environment and shows how the resulting loss of biodiversity will impact the overall health of the world's oceans.

"We better get our fishing in now and savor our favorite seafood, before it's too late. According to this study, we only have 50 years until jellyfish will be the catch of the day every day," says Matt Rand, director, Conserve Our Ocean Legacy Campaign.

"This is precisely why the U.S. needs to take a stronger leadership role domestically and internationally. We need to gain greater protections for fish globally and we need to better manage our marine fisheries," he says.

The Science warning that the world's wild-caught seafood fisheries could collapse by 2050, according to Seafood Watch.

"Unless we fundamentally change the way we manage all the oceans species together, as working ecosystems, then this century is the last century of wild seafood," says Dr. Steven Palumbi of Stanford University, a co-author of the Science paper.


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