Nearly 80% of the world’s fisheries are either fully exploited, over-exploited or collapsed. Nine million tonnes of bycatch (i.e. accidental capture of species in fishing gear targeting other species) is collateral damage in the global race for fish, including protected species like sea turtles, marine mammals, seabirds, and sharks. At the same time, more than one billion people rely on seafood as their primary source of protein, and the human population continues to rise. All of this means that finding ways to safeguard marine ecosystems and species, feed people, and sustain people’s livelihoods and cultures has reached a critical juncture. We need solutions, and fast.
I appeared on Voice of America’s international TV/radio program, On the Line to discuss the state of the world’s fisheries. (Click here to watch the program; you will need Windows Media Player)