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Plastics to outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050: Report

Davos - It nothing is done to clean up the plastics that are filling our oceans and destroying marine life, by 2050, the weight of all that floating garbage will outweigh all the fish in the oceans, says a report that came out on Tuesday.

New study finds overfishing vastly understated worldwide

A new study has found that global fish catches are declining three times faster than U.N. figures have suggested, and overfishing is to blame.

Are Europe's fishermen catching too many fish?

Europe’s waters have seen decades of overfishing. This has led to a decline in stocks such as cod, as well as other fish populations being depleted faster than they can recover. On this basis, reform is needed, experts say.

Op-Ed: Consumers waste nearly half of America’s seafood every year

Sydney - A new Johns Hopkins Center for Life study shows that 2.3 billion pounds of the estimated 4.7 billion pounds of the annual stock of U.S. seafood are wasted. The effects of overfishing and bycatch damage to the environment show a disaster in progress.

World's tuna and mackerel populations suffer drastic 74% decline

Tuna and mackerel populations have suffered a drastic 74 percent decline within the last 40 years, researchers have found. The World Wildlife Fund warns that if we don't act quickly, we face losing species that are critical to human food security.

Most French canned tuna from non-sustainable sources — Greenpeace

Paris - Greenpeace France last week revealed its first survey of canned tuna sold in French supermarkets aiming to highlight which tuna brands are eco-friendly being sourced by sustainable means or from plentiful stocks.

Amazon's largest fish is facing extinction

Fans of master-fisherman Jeremy Wade will remember the Animal Planet's "River Monsters" episode when he was rammed in the chest by a large Arapaima. While Wade practices catch-and-release, this majestic fish is being decimated in the wild.

EU moves to curtail overfishing

The European Parliament has agreed to fund a project that aims to curtail overfishing. At the same time the body rejected a proposal designed to fund the construction of new fishing boats.

Coral reef decline linked to overfishing of sharks

A simple case of cause and effect may be why the world's coral reefs have been trending towards decline. According to a new study, the killing of too many sharks is also killing the population of herbivorous fish that keep reefs healthy.

Saving the western and central Pacific Ocean bigeye tuna

Scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, have suggested their research may have found a way forward to help the ill-fated bigeye tuna.

Pew: Pacific regions, skipjack tuna catch fills 11,280 jumbo jets

Denver - As more than 25 governments gather in Guam today for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) annual meeting, Pew Environment Group is pressing for better management of tuna, sharks, and illegal fishing.

Preventing the collapse of one of the world’s largest fisheries Special

Santiago - Differing criteria on the application of Interim Measures as a provisional approach for the management of pelagic fisheries in the Eastern Pacific pending the ratification of an International Convention may risk the survival of valuable fish stocks.

Peru and Chile in heated dispute over Jack Mackerel overfishing

Santiago - A lowly fish often used for canning or to make fish-meal and fish-oil to feed higher priced farmed species is causing a serious rift between Peru and Chile, two of the world’s leading capture fisheries countries.

Letter from environmentalists urges Obama to address overfishing

Environmental organizations are urging President Obama to address the damage overfishing does to the marine environment and to ask the World Trade Organization to end fishing subsidies.

Report: Over 40 fish species in Mediterranean facing extinction

Geneva - Overfishing, pollution, and habitat degradation have placed 43 species of fish in the Mediterranean Sea at risk of extinction, some disappearing within the next few years, a new study by conservation experts warns.

‘Warming planet’ could destroy world’s coral reefs by 2050

Washington - A new study shows the planet's coral reefs are dying at a rapid rate, calling global warming a major threat to their health. The study says ocean temperatures and acidity levels are higher than "any other time in at least the last 400,000 years."

No longer plenty of fish in the sea

There are more small fish and less large fish in our oceans as a result of overfishing, scientists reported at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Washington.

Pew Environment Group: Governments cannot manage tuna balances

Though the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration acknowledges that bluefin tuna populations are 'low,' the Pew Environmental Group believes that governments hold fishing interests over ecosystem interests.

Scientists: Blobfish on brink of extinction

Dubbed the world's ugliest animal, the rare blobfish may soon face extinction due to overfishing, scientists warn. It lives in the same depth as popular fisherman prey such as lobsters and crabs.

Researchers: Overfishing, fish farming killing our oceans

Experts from a wide range of organizations and scientific disciplines agree that our oceans are deteriorating quickly as a result of a wide range of threats related to fishing.

Canada Closes Ports to Danish Fishing Boats

Claiming that fishing vessels from Greenland and the Faroe Islands are exceeding their northern shrimp quota from waters off the coast of Newfoundland, Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea has banned them from several Canadian ports

Bering Sea: 180,000 Sq Miles Made Off Limits to Bottom Trawling

Around 180,000 square miles of the Bering Sea will be off-limits to one of the most indiscriminate, destructive forms of commercial fishing: bottom trawling.
 

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Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) has been an important traded commodity in international markets since th...
Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) has been an important traded commodity in international markets since the Viking period. Now is in the list of endangered species.
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