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Fewer Big Fish in the Sea

Animals  (tags: Big Fish, ani9mals, sea, environment )

- 2769 days ago -
Overfishing has culled larger fish from the world's oceans, leaving smaller fish to thrive.Fewer big, predatory fish are swimming in the world's oceans because of overfishing by humans, leaving smaller fish to thrive and double in force over the past.....


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Sundeep Shah (0)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 12:21 am
thanks for article

Teresa W (782)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 12:34 am
sadly noted

Elsie Au (259)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 1:52 am
From my experience, many people still not aware of this problem. For example, they don't know that tuna is in danger because they can eat tuna everywhere and with a cheap price. I stopped eating tuna many years ago when I read about it (now I am vegetarian).

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 2:15 am
Noted, thanks.

Kit H (173)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 4:45 am
Jacqueline Alder from the United Nations Environment program suggested that the world needs to see a swift cut in the amount of fishing boats and fishing days in order to allow global fish stocks time to gain numbers

"If we can do this immediately we will see a decline in fish catches. However, that will give an opportunity for the fish stocks to rebuild and expand their populations," she said.

Projections about future fish populations decline further, however, when coupled with forecasts about the impact of climate change.

"Our study indicates indeed we may get a double whammy from climate change," said Christensen. "In the sense that higher water temperatures... are going to mean there will be less fish in the ocean."


Cindy C (125)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 6:53 am
yes we are over fishing and throw away more than we eat

Denise P (65)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 7:39 am
If only there was a ban worldwide on fishing with nets and the only fishing allowed would be with a fishing rod. This would go a long way in solving the overfishing problem........Noted. Thank you Anna!

Melody Aragorn (135)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 7:59 am
Leave the fishes alone and get man outta there!!

Alejandra Vega (139)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 8:04 am
I think that the way to solve the crisis is to change consumers' behaviour. Kudos to people that changed fish for vegetal nutrients. Many people will find impossible to leave meat/fish out of their diets, but they could reduce the amount of animal proteins and replace it by veggies.
The world is changing, the courageous Sea Shepherd's crew members obliged Japan to halt whaling in Antartic this season... but I'm sure that this was possible because less people than before eat whale's meat...
By the way, the link to the news is:

TY, Anna for posting!

David C (111)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 8:40 am
overpopulation of people > excessive demand for energy & food > pollution, overfishing, over hunting >>>BIG PROBLEMS ---- too many have either never learned or seemed to have forgotten that EARTH is a closed system and we have to learn to live sustainably for the future to happen. THERE IS NO PLANET B FOR US TO LIVE ON OUR DRAW RESOURCES FROM....WE MUST ACT NOW TO IMPROVE OUR HOME FOR OUR CHILDREN AND ALL CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE.

Jill V (416)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 9:09 am
by overfishing they are upsetting the whole ecological make up of the oceans, their habits will change..., it will all change...and probably not for the better.

Mike H (252)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 9:30 am
i have seen death and it's name is human

Fiona O (561)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 10:25 am
I cannot believe there is a boon from overfishing. I thought it kill the ocean. Very cool smaller fish can thrive. Thank you, Anna, for this encouraging news.

Susan D (116)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 1:29 pm
Not only is over-fishing causing this problem, it is also killing millions of other creatures every year including dolphins, turtles, porpoises etc. Also birds such as albatrosses. They even have nets which will extend all the way from France to the UK! Everything in the path of the net is caught. The poor dolphins etc are called "bycatch" and viewed as "collateral damage." (Now where did we hear that phrase before?)

Susan D (116)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 1:34 pm
I don't eat fish myself, as a vegetarian (almost vegan) but if you do, look on the Greenpeace website to check which brands are caught in a sustainable way. ( In the UK the best choices were Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Co-Op.)
It would be even better if you would consider that even a fish wants to stay alive, and does not wish to drown in air or have it's guts ripped open while still alive. If you won't stop eating fish, maybe cut right down, and go for the ethical brands?

Susan D (116)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 1:37 pm
Don't be fooled into thinking that "quotas" are the answer: When the fishermen find they have a really good catch, that is above their quota, they are obliged to throw the dead and dying fish back into the sea. What a terrible waste of life and waste of food.
There is also the problem that some countries will opey the quotas but some just disregard it anyway.

Shannon Hudgens (18)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 1:57 pm
we need to stop overfishing! I worked in a seafood restaraunt a long time ago and was disgusted by how much people would throw away. Portions in restaraunts are too BIG! I was always tired of hearing people complain about smal portions and then not finish what they ordred. It is wasteful. I grew up very poor and it is hard to see food go to waste.Our oceans cannot handel the stress of billions of people and the demand on seafood.

Kaye S (45)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 2:47 pm

Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 3:34 pm
Thanks Anna. Don't eat at sushi resturants, decline fish, chips & fishing ships. Find alternates to 'fish oil' nutrient suppliments. Also, remember, many of the fish that are eaten now, contain the poisons and pollutions we have been adding to the earth, water and air. They are being concentrated in fish, other foods, waters and air, that were formerly considered and Were healthy. As Dave C. said, our earth home, is a closed recycling system. Sow, Reap and Die with what we humans have Sowed or Sown. So many hungry mouths, and much of what the earth has left of our raping & consuming is poisoned. As happens to so many parasites , death of the host by over consummation and the toxic excrement, is eventual death of the parasite.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 4:21 pm
there needs to be some kind of moratorium on fishing these big fish so the oceans have time to repopulate and it doesnt throw off the balance of that eco system. i understand people make their living this way and that people need to eat but it needs to be balanced.

Süheyla C (234)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 4:37 pm

Ann L (15)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 5:04 pm
Noted. Losing our larger fish will mess up the eco system. At present, with shark decrease, in certain areas, red squid have taken over and they could wipe out a lot of our smaller fish.

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 5:22 pm
thanks for this post.

Trish K (93)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 5:43 pm
There should be a moratorium on fishing world wide for one year. There would still be plenty of fish in cans.

Kathleen R (983)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 8:16 pm
Shared & "You cannot currently send a star to Anna because you have done so within the last week."

Carol H (229)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 8:55 pm
thanks Anna, noted

Lisa H (180)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 9:48 pm
Thanks Anna. Does anyone else notice that the number of earth's systems no longer operating normally seems to be multiplying exponentially? Seems to me we are already seeing dramatic changes in ocean, weather, crops due to climate change. Maybe the Repugs are planning to colonise the moon with all their stolen money? Doubtful they will get to stay here long enough to spend it all!

. (0)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 11:32 pm
I like what Lisa H. said, above.

What makes them guys think they are going to survive? The moon is a lady. She will have nothing to do with them. I don't think they can eat craters.

Colin H (243)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 12:42 am
Sadly noted!!

Jeannette A (137)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 10:55 am
Humans... our world is changing and we have to work WITH it if we are to survive. Soon it will not matter if you are Republican or Democrat, rich or poor, caring or uncaring. The world is going to decide it has had enough of us, shut down and we will find ourselves in the fight of our lives. So it is either work to save our earth as if doomsday is tomorrow, or admit we have condemned future generations.
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