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Fish catch and production

Fishing activities have various negative impacts on marine ecosystems. The greatest cause for concern is the rapid depletion of fish population due to extensive commercial fishing. In 2002 72% of the world’s marine fish stocks were being harvested faster than they can reproduce. By catch – the harvest of fish or shellfish other than the species for which the fishing gear was set – accounts for a quarter of the total catch (27m tonnes in 2003) and much of it is lost.

Year: 2006

From collection: Environment and Poverty Times #3: Disaster issue

Cartographer: Stéphane Kluser

Tags: environment poverty

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