No Fish by 2050

Jack Penland in Discover Magazine:

Screenhunter_6_4Research unveiled today is projecting that by the year 2050, all current fish and seafood species will collapse. The report is the work of 12 researchers worldwide and is published in this week’s edition of the journal Science.

“I was chilled,” says the report’s lead author, Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who adds, “I was really shocked because, I didn’t expect it to be so soon.”

Worm and the other researchers studied worldwide fishing records from the past 50 years, fishing records from 12 places that stretch back as long as 1,000 years, and records of small scale controlled studies. He says the studies all point in the same direction, “We see very clearly the end of the line.

It shows that we’re going to run out of viable fisheries, out of all seafood species by the year 2050.” He says the report shows that one third of the fisheries have collapsed, but that the trend is accelerating, and that, “We only have another 40 or 50 years now.”

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