UN report: Overexploitation of fish stocks continues

(31 January, 2011)  The Food and Agriculture Organization today released its report The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2010 during the COFI session in Rome.

The report estimates that in 2008 85 % of world fish stocks were either fully exploited, overexploited, depleted or recovering. A comparison with the two previous reports shows that this is an increase from 2007 (80 %) and 2005 (77 %).

Marine captures have decreased from 83.8 million tonnes in 2004 to 79.5 million tonnes in 2008, according to the report.

As marine catches diminished, global per-capita fish consumption yet reached an all-time high in 2008 at 17.1 kg per person. This can mainly be attributed to the increase in inland aquaculture from 25.2 tonnes in 2004 to 32.9 tonnes in 2008.

Dowload the full report here: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010

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