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Hope For Declining Fisheries Lies In Cross-Sectoral Strategies

marinehabs.jpg Alana Herro writes for Eye on Earth (e²), a service of World Watch Magazine in partnership with the blue moon fund. e² provides a unique perspective on current events, newly released studies, and important global trends.

At a conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday , two U.S. fisheries experts discussed the threats to the world’s fish stocks as well as possible solutions to the impending marine life crisis. Patrick Christie, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, and Robert Pomeroy, Fisheries Extension Specialist at the University of Connecticut, concluded that changes in policy and management that address the complexity of fisheries in a cross-sectoral manner may be the solution to dwindling fish stocks and habitats.

Christie and Pomeroy, who recently co-authored a new report on fisheries for the U.S. Agency for International Development, noted that nearly one in four people worldwide—1.5 billion in total—depend on seafood for their food, income, and livelihood. At least 20 percent of workers employed in fisheries earn less than one dollar a day. In developing countries, where 77 percent of global fish production occurs, fish provide some 20 percent of people’s animal protein, compared to just 8 percent in developed countries.

Many fisheries entered a state of decline in the 1980s, while some began to diminish even earlier. Reasons for this deterioration include open access to fishing, overabundance of fishers, poor enforcement of illegal fishing, industry corruption, and poverty. To address the mounting challenges, Christie and Pomeroy recommend a variety of national, regional, and global policy reforms, including improving fisheries assessment capabilities, reforming fisheries governance, providing alternatives to fishing livelihoods, and conserving marine biodiversity to ensure sustainable production.

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I am so crazy of fish, I would eat it all my life long. I am trying to avoid meat and eating and eating fish. But I am against illegal fishing, I consider it should be raised in special pools. The sea or ocean fish should not be catched for eating!

Posted by: Carmen on 21 Sep 06



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