An increasing global population, mechanisation and new technologies mean that more fisheries are being fished to their commercial limits.
According to the FAO’s 2014 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report, 29% of global fisheries have been fished beyond sustainable limits and a further 61% are fully exploited. Since 1974, there has been an increasing trend in the proportion of overexploited and depleted stocks.
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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