The Fate
of our Oceans

Fishing fleets are now exceeding the oceans' limits with devastating impacts on marine ecosystems. They are unraveling the intricate web of marine biodiversity that makes the oceans such a vital and productive part of the Earth's life support system. Incredibly, some species have already been fished to commercial extinction with more on the way.

The damaging impacts of over fishing do not stop at the targeted fish species, or at those species caught incidentally in fishing gear such as marine mammals or seabirds. Over fishing is increasingly affecting the marine ecosystems in which species are embedded. Scientists are warning that this will result in profound changes in our oceans, perhaps changing them forever.

The modern fishing reality is dominated by industrialized fishing vessels that far out-match nature's ability to replenish fish. Giant ships using state-of-the-art fish finding sonar can pinpoint schools of fish quickly and accurately. The ships also have fish processing and packing plants, huge freezing systems, fishmeal processing plants, and powerful engines to drag enormous fishing gear through the ocean. Put simply: THE FISH DONíT STAND A CHANCE.

Almost everywhere you look, regulation of fishing vessels is woefully inadequate with fish stocks plummeting and little regard paid to the resulting impacts on marine ecosystems. More often than not, the fishing industry is given access to fish stocks before the impact of their fishing can be assessed.

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