And it’s not just the fish we eat who are harmed. Every year 27 million tonnes of by-catch (unintentionally caught fish and marine life, such as endangered turtles, sharks, and dolphins) are killed in the fishing industry.
A study published in journal Science predicted that if fishing rates continue unchanged, we could see fishless oceans by the year 2048.
Future of Marine Animal Populations scientists reported that in the last 60 years up to 90 percent of all large fish, such as cod, grouper, tuna, swordfish, marlin, sharks, and halibut are now gone from the world’s oceans. Today consumer demand for fish is devastating the seas with 90 percent of fisheries classified as overfished or fully exploited.