Not long ago, we published a post in this blog about the problems of overfishing and the extinction of ocean resources. At present, oceans are in dire straits. In the last 60 years, 90% of large fish have disappeared and, at this rate, in 2050 there will be no more fish to catch. 75% of the world’s fish stocks are overexploited and, in the Mediterranean Sea, which is small but with densely populated shores, this percentage is even larger: 87%.
In terms of consumption, Spain is one of the countries with the highest fish consumption in the world. But it is not fish caught in the Spanish shores: Spaniards eat fish from all around the world. If in 2012 Spaniards ate fish from its shores, in May 2012 there would be no fish left there. Therefore, fish consumption in Spain exceeds its reasonable amounts. And on top of that, a lot of fish caught from the ocean is not even consumed: it is thrown back overboard dead, because it does not have a good size, or it is not a popular species to eat, or it exceeds the number of tonnes fished of a given species allowed for each boat.
And we are not talking of just some fish: we are talking of 42% of fish trawled by large fishing boats which is thrown back overboard dead. This way, every year in Europe, one million tonnes of fish is discarded. What an insane waste!
In order to avoid this malpractice, the international campaign Fish Fight is collecting signatures to put pressure on the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The EU fishery policies are being discussed and it is important to be heard so that this insane waste is put to an end.
More data: trawling boats discard 42% of the fish caught, whereas small traditional fishing boats only discard 3% of fish. And also, the later employ more people, preserve millenary traditions and the catch is local.
- Post at Delivering Data about salmon fishing:
- Website about overfishing, a global disaster: http://overfishing.org/
- Every year, one million tons of fish is thrown overboard dead in Europe: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/13/fishing-discards-ban-eu
- Large fishing boats: http://gustavoduch.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/la-extincion-2/
- Fish Fight campaign: http://www.fishfight.net/
- A very interesting website about the EU fisheries policies: http://www.fishforthefuture.eu/