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China is overfishing its official catch number by 12x (!!!), report shows

China is overfishing its official catch number by 12x (!!!), report shows

estimates how much fish China's distant-water fleet has been catching around the world between 2000 and 2011, and the numbers are shocking. During that decade to 2011, China has reported to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations an average yearly overseas catch of 368,000 tonnes. The actual numbers, according to the authors of the study who did detective work around the world, are closer to 4.6 million tonnes a year, over 12 times (!!!) the reported amount. Enough to make a big difference in the health of global fisheries, and enough to make any models of those fisheries significantly off. © Pew Charitable Trust As you can see on the map above, most of China's overseas catch (around 2.9 million tonnes) comes from the waters around West Africa. This is particularly problematic since so many poor people on that continent depend on the sea, and a collapse...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/china-overfi...

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