The Issues

Ocean Acidification

This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years.


Overfishing

One billion people rely on fish as an important source of protein. – WWF

An international group of ecologists and economists warned that the world will run out of seafood by 2048 – Washington Post

The looming collapse of fisheries threatens the most important source of food for 250 million people. – The Earth’s Carrying Capacity – Bruce Sundquist

According to the UNFAO, about 70 per cent of our global fisheries are now being fished close to, already at, or beyond their capacity. – The Earth’s Carrying Capacity – Bruce Sundquist

As many as 90 per cent of all the ocean’s large fish have been fished out. – WWF

one per cent of the world’s Industrial fishing fleets account for 50 per cent of the world’s catches. – CNN

Government subsidies of over $15 billion a year play a major role in creating the worlds fishing fleets.- WWF

The global fishing fleets are 250 per cent larger than the oceans can sustainably support.- WWF

Only 0.6 per cent of the worlds oceans are designated as protected.- WWF

A Greenpeace report states that 40 per cent of the worlds oceans should be placed in nature reserves. – MSNBC

In 2004, 13,000 new marine species were discovered, according to the Census of Marine Life. – Census of Marine Life

Japan has caught $6 billion worth of illegal Southern Bluefin tuna over the past 20 years. – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Over the past 50 years World consumption of tuna has increased tenfold, from 0.4 million to over 4 million tonnes. – Environmental Justice Foundation

In 2000 tuna long liners set 1.2 billion hooks catching untold number of turtles, seabirds and sharks. – WWF

Fifteen species of sharks have seen their numbers drop by 50 per cent in the last 20 years. – National Geographic

Illegal fishing is worth up to $9 billion a year. – Illegal Fishing.info

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