An update of global fisheries statistics has been published by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
FAO last week released the report “Review of the state of world marine fishery resources“, which is an update on the state of world marine fishery resources provided in the most recent biennial updates for The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010 (FAO, 2010).
The new review concludes that of the fish stocks assessed, 87 percent were estimated to be fully exploited or overexploited in 2009, compared to 85 percent in 2008.
Fully exploited stocks are those that have no room for further expansion in catch, and even some risk of decline if not properly managed.
The report contains comprehensive data and information on fisheries in each of the regions worldwide, including the EU waters of the Northeast Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea. It is concluded that the Mediterranean and Black Sea are worse of than the global average, having 93 percent of the stocks either fully exploited (15%) or overexploited (78%).