Banning High Seas Fishing to Restore Dwindling PopulationsM.M. Sullivan
Each year since 1989, the number of fish being harvested from oceans has been declining. This may seem like a good thing, but what it really means is that fish populations are getting increasingly low, and the fish aren’t being captured because they simply aren’t there. Yet, twenty-five years after numbers started to fall, we continue to over-fish our waters.
There are very few subjects which both corporations and environmentalists agree. However, when it comes to restoring fish populations, both groups are on board.
An article published last month in PLOS Biology claims that we can completely restore the ocean’s wild fish population if we simply close fishing in the high seas, which is the area of international water that lies beyond 200 miles from the coast, for just a couple of years. And at a World Ocean Summit earlier this year, the director of McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm, agreed that ending high seas fishing would be beneficial to everyone.
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