20 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OVERFISHING...

The decline of the oceans is the world’s largest solvable problem but with decisive action and support, over the next 20 years, this crisis can be reversed. We listed a couple of facts you should know about overfishing. Spread the word!

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1. In 2013 UK Sea Bass stocks were at their lowest level in 20 years

2. A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction

3. 107 species of rays are classified as threatened

4. Whales, dolphins and porpoises are threatened by over-fishing

5. Pirate fishing accounts for an estimated 20% of the world’s catch and as much as 50% in some fisheries

6. More than 85% of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them.

7. More than 40 species of marine fish currently found in the Mediterranean, could disappear in the next few years

8. Currently, 63% of fish stocks in the Atlantic are over fished.

9. 82 percent of fish stocks in the Mediterranean are over fished.
10. North Sea cod reach spawning age at around four years old. The average age of cod caught in the North Sea is 1.6 years.
11. Scientific estimates suggest that 93% of North Sea cod are caught before they can reproduce

12. The EU fleet is estimated to have the capacity to fish two to three times the sustainable level

13. Overfishing occurs when fish and other marine species are caught faster than they can reproduce

14. Since 1950 one in four of the world’s fisheries has collapsed due to over-fishing

15. In 1938 we landed over 5 times more fish than we do now

16. All species of marine turtles are either critically endangered or endangered.

17. Over-fishing costs the world over $50 billion dollars each year

18. The biomass of large fish in our oceans is only about 10% of what it was before the 1900s

19. For every kilo of shrimp trawled, an estimated 20 kilos of by-catch can be produced which is often thrown overboard, dead

20. Over one hundred million sharks are being killed each year