16 Apr '12, 7am

No more fish to catch in our seas in 35 years?

No more fish to catch in our seas in 35 years?

A study by scientists in 2006 found that the loss of ocean biodiversity was accelerating, and that 29 per cent of the seafood species humans consume had already collapsed. Image: WWF Malaysia may have no more fish by 2048 – a mere 31/2 decades away – if fishermen continue to utilise illegal and destructive methods to fish. This dire warning was made by Fisheries Department director-general Datuk Ahamad Sabki Mahmood recently, but most Malaysians appear unfazed. Ahamad said local fishermen using the banned pukat rawa sorong (drag nets) are trespassing into fish breeding areas meant to boost fish population. Such an invasion has seen the fish population declining rapidly in the past 40 years, from 2.56 to 0.21 tonnes per sq km. “Marine resources will surely become extinct when the banned equipment is used. “Fishermen should be more responsible and aware that their action wou...

Full article: http://www.eco-business.com/news/no-more-fish-to-catch-in...

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