Losing Nemo – the facts

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Surely it can’t be all that bad? We invite you to check the facts for yourself. If you don’t find an answer to your question or are aware of other scientific sources, please get in touch with us through media@theblackfish.org

This is a news item image“90% of all large fish have disappeared since 1950s”

The amount of large predatory fish in the world’s ocean is today only about 10% of what the population levels were before large scale industrial fishing techniques were introduced in the 1950s. Check the source

This is a news item image“40% of sea life caught is discarded as waste”

It is estimated that 38.5 million tonnes of sea life that is caught annually, also known as ‘bycatch’, is discarded as waste, representing approximately 40 percent of the estimated global annual catch. Check the source

This is a news item image“The oceans will be empty by 2048”

Loss of ocean biodiversity is accelerating, with 29 percent of seafood species humans consume already crashed. If overfishing continues, in 3 decades there will be little or no seafood available as fish populations are under increased threat. Check the source

This is a news item image“$25 billion of subsidies for industry annually”

Analysis by fisheries researchers at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre suggests that global fisheries subsidies in 2003 ranged between US $25-$29 billion. Check the source

This is a news item image“Up to 2 trillion sea animals killed annually”

Nearly 70% of the fish caught globally tonnage has a corresponding estimated mean weight (EMW), including single and multi-species categories. Analysing this data estimates a total of 0.97-2.74 trillion individual animals caught annually. Check the source

This is a news item image“Idea of sustainable fishing is under pressure”

Seafood stewardship in crisis. The main consumer-targeted certification scheme for sustainable fisheries is failing to protect the environment and needs radical reform, say a number of prominent fisheries scientists and researchers. Check the source

This is a news item image“The oceans will be populated by jellyfish”

Human-induced stresses of overfishing, eutrophication, climate change, translocation and habitat modification appear to be promoting jellyfish (pelagic cnidarian and ctenophore) blooms to the detriment of other marine organisms. Check the source