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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Oceans in Peril

The Worldwatch Institute has released a new report on the state of the oceans. Basically, they're fucked. From the report summary:

Presently, 76 percent of the world’s fish stocks are fully exploited or overexploited, and many species have been severely depleted, largely due to our growing appetite for seafood. Current fisheries management regimes contribute to the widespread market-driven degradation of the oceans by failing to implement and enforce adequate protective measures. Many policymakers and scientists now agree that we must adopt a radical new approach to managing the seas—one that is precautionary in nature and has the protection of the whole marine ecosystem as its primary objective. This “ecosystem approach” is vital if we are to ensure the health of our oceans for future generations.


Greenpeace has this to say on the report:

"Recent studies such as the one which shows how 90 percent of the world's large predatory fish, which include the sharks, swordfish and tuna, have disappeared due to overfishing since the 1950s have helped expose what has been happening under the waves and have therefore been out of sight and out of mind to most people", says Paul Johnston, Greenpeace's chief scientist.


This report seems to confirm what I have been posting about for the last couple of years; we are vacuuming the oceans clean. The really bad news about the report is that the Worldwatch Institute isn't offering a free download. Shame on them for reproducing the same kind of commodity trading that got us into the very situation which the report laments. And, isn't this topic too important for cost recovery?



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