An increasing global population, mechanisation and new technologies mean that more fisheries are being fished to their commercial limits.
According to the FAO’s 2016 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report, 31.4% of global fisheries have been fished beyond sustainable limits. The share of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels has decreased from 90% in 1974 to 68.6% in 2013.
WWF’s 2015 Living Blue Planet Report, also confirms the need to urgently protect and sustainably manage marine habitats and species. According to WWF, the size of marine populations has declined by almost half (49%) between 1970 and 2012.
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