A piece of research into the worldwide fishing industry has revealed that adopting a sustainable fishing approach could boost sales by $51 billion per annum and also increase the volumes of fish in the sea. If that wasn’t enough, it would also deliver more food to the people of the world! We like this.
The research was conducted using data from the industry that represented 77% of all of the fish caught on-going. It showed that fish numbers could increase very quickly if we adopt a responsible approach.
The research was conducted by a number of bodies including the University of California and their findings reveal that conservation can be a solution if we are first able to police unbridled human greed. A member of the team, Chris Costello, said he thought it was quite a shocking thing to discover.
The results of the study were unveiled at a World Ocean Summit in Portugal, which is attended, by industry leaders, conservationists and government personnel. The data presented was extracted from 4,373 fisheries, which is far greater than previous studies.
The finding suggest the following:
- Creation of suitable policies to prevent over fishing
- Enforcement of illegal fishing
- Quickly taking measures when stocks start to deplete
If the world’s fisheries were to adopt a sustainable approach, we could see a turnaround in the business. We currently view just 45% of fisheries to be in a positive position, but this could be increased to 79% over a period of ten years if the recommendations are followed. In 35 years, it is thought that 98% of the world’s fisheries would be in a positive position with the world’s people eating far more fish.
Scientifically placing limits on fishing and ensuring the habitat is protected will see us grow health stocks. The most positive scenario in the forecasts, suggest that there could be 112% more fish, 315% higher profits for fisherman and a 23% better harvest.
The study has been targeted at governments and the fishing industry to present a solution to feeding the growing world population.