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We’re Running Out of Fish

More and more, around the globe, fish is what’s for dinner. The average person eats more than 20 kilograms a year, double the level of the 1960s. But all those fish dinners are taking a heavy toll on ocean populations.  Bloomberg QuickTake explains the looming crisis of overfishing our oceans. (video by Dan Wallenstein, Madeline Quinn) (Source: Bloomberg)


18 Comments on "We’re Running Out of Fish"

  1. onlooker on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 8:21 am 

    Or conversely we have too many people who are fish eaters.

  2. forbin on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 9:00 am 

    we’ll be running out of Krill too if the bu@@ers get their way …..

    big industrial fishing – gigantic sea hoovers …..

    just crazy …


  3. Shortend on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 9:10 am 

    No problem, easy to raise in a pond in the backyard, next problem….

  4. Go Speed Racer on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 11:05 am 

    Change the laws immediately. From now on,
    only rich people get to eat fish. Poor
    people only lawful to eat Big Mac’s.

  5. Kenz300 on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 11:27 am 

    Yet the world adds 80 million more mouths to feed every year.

    Endless population growth is not sustainable.

  6. Jerome Purtzer on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 12:30 pm 

    World wide motto on resource extraction, “everything all the time until there is no everything any time”. Intelligence seems to be a depleting resource as well.

  7. _____________________ on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 12:51 pm 

    Fertilize the oceans with iron

  8. Sissyfuss on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 1:44 pm 

    But Gosper, I can still get my fish sandwich at Mickey D’s. OMG, maybe it’s not fish, maybe it’s SOYLENT KRILL!!!

  9. Ghung on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 2:02 pm 

    “….maybe it’s not fish, maybe it’s SOYLENT KRILL!!!”

    Well it’s not cod anymore. They switched to Pollock a few years ago after cod populations were decimated.

  10. Anonymouse1 on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 2:10 pm 

    But I thought Jewberg was all in favor of endless economic growth? More people, eating more fish, requiring more fishing boats, which use more fuel, which pull more fish out of the sea. The fish-eaters breed more fish-eaters, in a endless virtuous cycle of economic ‘growth’. Good for GDP, good for amerika, good for Jewberg publishing.

    But still, jewberg shouldn’t talk out of both sides of their mouth. Endless growth is either good, or it is not. And its pretty clear what side of the THAT fence jewberg is sitting on…..

  11. Boat on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 3:32 pm 


    You stay out of the Jews market. Some rules for you. Plenty of unclean scraps left to chew on.
    The pig, because it has a split hoof, but does not chew the cud is unclean. You shall neither eat of their flesh nor touch their carcass. Animals possessive of a cruel nature are forbidden so these qualities will not be absorbed. Only fish with fins and scales are allowed to be eaten, the rest are unclean.

  12. JuanP on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 4:54 pm 

    We should all eat as much wild fish as possible while we still can. I will make an effort to eat more tuna, dolphin and swordfish fillets. Fish is very healthy and 20 kg per person sounds like too little, particularly if you know we will have less in the future.

  13. Apneaman on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 5:24 pm 

    Lummi Nation fishermen catch an estimated 20,000 Atlantic salmon following fish farm collapse

    Washington state official: ‘This is a very complex industrial salvage operation’

  14. ohanian on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 6:54 pm 

    I declare War On Fish!

    Robyn Williams: So it is in fact a war on fish you’re describing?

    Daniel Pauly: Yes, it certainly is a war on fish and what I’m saying is that we are winning it: we have won the war on fish.

    Robyn Williams: We are going to wipe them out to the very last one?

    Daniel Pauly: It’s crazy but it is exactly what’s happening. We have deployed industrial military technology against the fish and we have obviously won. The biggest fish have brains the size of peas and the way they defend themselves against their enemies by hiding or swimming fast etc., to us they don’t make much of a difference anymore. Before they did: if a fish could hide between rocks at a 1000 metre depth then you couldn’t catch it, you couldn’t see it obviously it was too deep, and even if you could reach that deep with your net you couldn’t catch it because it was between rocks. But now we can see it because we have all the equipment so we see it. Ridiculously, like a soldier who has a night goggle who can see somebody who doesn’t and so we win, we win the war against fish.

    Robyn Williams: Well, some excerpts from a press conference called Preserving Nemo. You heard first of all Larry Crowder and then Andy Read both from Duke University, and some pretty devastating stuff. Who’d have thought the numbers were quite so stark? The numbers are also pretty stark for fish. Here’s Daniel Pauly who’s very famous in North America and indeed to some extent in Australia. He’s at the University of British Columbia and his measurements of the impact on fish are quite devastating. Just listen to this.

    Daniel Pauly: Well, the figure that emerges is that we have about 10% of the biomass of large fish left – or less in most cases. And that means where we had ten tonne per square kilometre of large fish we have now one tonne or less, and for some of these large predators such as sharks, one in a hundred that is left, not one in ten.

    Robyn Williams: 90% have disappeared in what sort of time?

    Daniel Pauly: Wel, our work shows that it has disappeared over the last century but people who have looked at this in more detail can show that it usually takes about 20 years for an industrial fishery to reduce the stock to one tenth of what it was before.

    Robyn Williams: That’s a very quick time, isn’t it?

    Daniel Pauly: Well, yes. You see there are two time scales that operate, there is the biological time scale, the evolutionary time scale and so on that the animals and plants live by and then there is the time scale of return to investment and our impatience and our generation time, which is much shorter, and these two are colliding. Essentially, because we throw too much fishing effort at them, too much industry.

    Robyn Williams: And this is universal, is it?

    Daniel Pauly: It is universal and we are universally smart throughout the world and we can recognise success. Success for a fisher is having a better boat, knowing where the fish is, being able to find it and all this technology that has been recently added is having its affect. Now let’s not forget it, most of the technology we throw at fish is military technology. All the acoustic equipment was developed, for example, in WW11 by the allies in chasing German submarines. The GPS, which is the global positioning systems developed during the Cold War to position things and to study the earth in great detail, and now this technology has been declassified and is available to everybody to catch the last fish as if it were, I don’t know, a Soviet tank.

  15. Makati1 on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 6:54 pm 

    hmm. Farmed fish, fed with GMO grains, escape to spread the toxins and disease they carry. Mother Nature must be laughing her ass off. I suspect she will totally destroy this capitalist attempt to make money sooner or later. The open sea is a dangerous place.

  16. antaris on Thu, 31st Aug 2017 8:06 pm 

    Juan I hope you are being sarcastic!

  17. Go Speed Racer on Fri, 1st Sep 2017 3:27 am 

    There lots of fish off the
    coast of Fukushima.
    And they got 3 eyeballs.

  18. deadlykillerbeaz on Fri, 1st Sep 2017 6:03 am 

    More and more, around the globe, fish is what’s for dinner. The average person eats more than 20 kilograms a year, double the level of the 1960s.

    There is no way I can eat 44 pounds of fish in a year’s time, even if I am eating Pollock.

    Somebody is eating far too much halibut. Like Alaskans, they eat too much king salmon.

    If it is ocean fish, cod is the first choice. Plain old perch from fresh water lakes and rivers is the choice for fresh caught by fishing for them yourself.

    Dungeness crab is by far and away the choice for seafood dining.

    Give a man a fish, he won’t eat it, it’ll rot in the fishwrap. Teach a man to fish and he won’t anyway.

    Teach a man to build a commercial fishing fleet and millions can be fed.

    You can’t eat Dungeness crab if there aren’t commercial fishing fleets out there catching them, and Pollock, and pickled Herring.

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