People are eating more fish than they used to, and a lot of it is being caught by destructive methods. The world is now seriously at risk of losing some species from our seas for ever.
The graphic above, entitled 'Plenty more fish in the sea? Biomass of popularly eaten fish' (reproduced with kind permission from Information is Beautiful) illustrates the shocking decline in popular fish species over the past century. Some scientists estimate that, at current rates of decline, most of the world’s fish stocks could collapse within our lifetimes. Over half a billion people depend on fish for food and for their livelihood, so this would have dire social and ecological consequences.
The good news is that there's still time to do something about it. Fish stocks can recover if they are managed sustainably, and if we stop buying fish from badly managed stocks or caught with damaging fishing methods. Let's see what we can achieve with some really concerted action. No matter where you work or shop, you can help. Our aim is to make London the first ever Sustainable Fish City. And perhaps other towns and cities would like to follow suit!
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