Publicado por: pongpesca | 2020/03/23

There aren’t plenty more fish in the sea – so what is the EU going to do?

“Over the past ten years, the EU has been calling for “blue growth” at sea, propelling the rhetoric that the ocean’s vast and untapped potential can support increased human activities. In reality, there has never been any vast, nor untapped potential at sea. As with the planet at large, what we have are fragile ecosystems that have been relentlessly degraded and are now on the verge of collapse.
It is undeniable that we have fished our seas to ruin. The UN global assessment on biodiversity names fishing as the biggest culprit for biodiversity loss at sea. In the EU, this means that we have overfished fish populations with our mismanagement; we have degraded seabed and reef communities by allowing trawling; and populations of dolphins, sea turtles, seabirds have declined as a result of being caught in nets and hooks.”

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Fonte: Birdlife International, 5 de março de 2020

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