Global Overfishing Far Greater than Estimated

By Kieran Mulvaney

Global fish catches are significantly higher than official reports, and declines in fish stocks are greater than have been previously estimated, according to a new study.

Writing in the journal Nature Communications, Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller of the Sea Around Us project at the University of British Columbia conclude that the annual global fish catch is roughly 109 million metric tons, about 30 percent higher than the 77 million officially reported in 2010 by more than 200 countries and territories. This means that 32 million metric tons of fish goes unreported every year, “more than the weight of the entire population of the United States.”

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