A new report from the WWF, now shows that overfishing and other harmful actions on part of humans has resulted in half of the world’s fish and sea life disappearing since 1970. The WWF has called the situation “critical”.
According to RT:
Not only fish are dying out: The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) study tracked the populations of some 1,234 species, such as seals, turtles, dolphins and sharks.
“There is a massive, massive decrease in species which are critical,” said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International.
When it comes to dinner staples such as tuna or mackerel, populations have fallen by a shocking 75 percent since the seventies, according to a study by the WWF and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
Unfortunately, all the threats are man-made. The study claims that the global fishing fleet is too big, and between $14bn and $35bn go into supporting it every year.
Other dangers include coral reefs and mangroves damaging, coastal development, pollution and climate change. The latter has a more direct impact on the ocean’s ecosystem than one might imagine, as rising temperatures increase acidity in waters.
Not all hope is lost though as later this month, governments are set to adopt a new UN sustainable development goal: to end overfishing and destructive fishing practices by 2020 and to restore stocks “in the shortest time feasible”.
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