Apr 302017
 

via World Ocean Review

JOAL, Senegal — Once upon a time, the seas teemed with mackerel, squid and sardines, and life was good. But now, on opposite sides of the globe, sun-creased fishermen lament as they reel in their nearly empty nets.

“Your net would be so full of fish, you could barely heave it onto the boat,” said Mamadou So, 52, a fisherman in Senegal, gesturing to the meager assortment of tiny fish flapping in his wooden canoe.

A world away in eastern China, Zhu Delong, 75, also shook his head as his net dredged up a disappointing array of pinkie-size shrimp and fledgling yellow croakers. “When I was a kid, you could cast a line out your back door and hook huge yellow croakers,” he said. “Now the sea is empty.”

Overfishing is depleting oceans across the globe, with 90 percent of the world’s fisheries fully exploited or facing collapse, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. From Russian king crab fishermen in the west Bering Sea to Mexican ships that poach red snapper off the coast of Florida, unsustainable fishing practices threaten the well-being of millions of people in the developing world who depend on the sea for income and food, experts say.

But China, with its enormous population, growing wealth to buy seafood and the world’s largest fleet of deep-sea fishing vessels, is having an outsize impact on the globe’s oceans.

Having depleted the seas close to home, Chinese fishermen are sailing farther to exploit the waters of other countries, their journeys often subsidized by a government more concerned with domestic unemployment and food security than the health of the world’s oceans and the countries that depend on them.

Increasingly, China’s growing armada of distant-water fishing vessels is heading to the waters of West Africa, drawn by corruption and weak enforcement by local governments. West Africa, experts say, now provides the vast majority of the fish caught by China’s distant-water fleet. And by some estimates, as many as two-thirds of those boats engage in fishing that contravenes international or national laws.

China’s distant-water fishing fleet has grown to nearly 2,600 vessels (the United States has fewer than one-tenth as many), with 400 boats coming into service between 2014 and 2016 alone. Most of the Chinese ships are so large that they scoop up as many fish in one week as Senegalese boats catch in a year, costing West African economies $2 billion a year, according to a new study published by the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

Learn more:China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink

The Latest on: Overfishing
  • Local fishermen not happy with judge's decision on anchovy catch limits
    on January 22, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    WHAT SMIET BE A SUSTAINABLELEVEL OF HARVEST WHEN THEY'RE UPIS BASICALLY OVERFISHING.REPORTER: ANOTHER THING THATCOMPLICATES THIS IS SARDINEFISHERIES AND THEY'VE BEENCLOSED THE PAST THREE YEARSBECAUSE THE POPULATION IS SO LOWAND FORCED SOME FISHERMEN ... […]

  • In Quebec, it’s power versus a people on hydroelectricity
    on January 22, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Overfishing has been such a significant problem that the Canadian government banned commercial fishing for salmon in 2000. The recreational catch and fishing by indigenous groups, such as the Pessamit, have also contributed to the problem. Warming waters ... […]

  • After Big Data: The Coming Age of “Big Indicators”
    on January 22, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Consider, for a moment, some of the most pernicious challenges facing humanity today: the increasing prevalence of natural disasters; the systemic overfishing of the world’s oceans; the clear-cutting of primeval forests; the maddening persistence of ... […]

  • anchovy overfishing
    on January 22, 2018 at 10:33 am

    January 22, 2018 (Monterey) -- A conservation group is declaring victory, as a U.S. District Court judge in Northern California has ruled that the federal government's allowable catch for northern anchovies, set in November, is far too high. […]

  • My Mining Rig Just Slapped Me with a Large Trout
    on January 22, 2018 at 9:09 am

    (Sorry, the trout reference, it was too hard to pass up.) No one gives a damn about trout, but overfishing tuna has become a big deal. In all seriousness, this is all about bait to plate. As long as I can still get my super white, the supremacist chicken ... […]

via Google News and Bing News

Other Interesting Posts

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: