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Scientists predict commercial fishery collapse in oceans by 2048 by Patricia Randolph August 12,2019   |  Source: The Cap Times

“If the long-term trend continues, there will be little or no seafood available for a sustainable harvest by 2048.” — Boris Worm quoted in 2014 Alternet article by Cliff Weathers

A study authored by Boris Worm, Ph.D., of Dalhoussie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and colleagues in the U.K., U.S., Sweden, and Panama stated, “the cause: the disappearance of species due to overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.”

Oil extraction like the BP long-term oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a big contributor to death in our oceans, directly and through climate destruction.

All of that is due to one species, us.

"This isn't predicted to happen. This is happening now," researcher Nicola Beaumont, Ph.D., of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, in the United Kingdom, said in a news release.

"If biodiversity continues to decline, the marine environment will not be able to sustain our way of life. Indeed, it may not be able to sustain our lives at all," Beaumont added.

By 2006, 29% of edible fish in the oceans had declined by 90%, collapsing those fisheries.

“Their bottom line: Everything that lives in the ocean is important. The diversity of ocean life is the key to its survival. The areas of the ocean with the most different kinds of life are

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Resources.

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