19 Apr '11, 7am

Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for much longer in the Mediterranean sea, according to new study

Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for much longer 19 April 2011 | News story More than 40 species of marine fish currently found in the Mediterranean could disappear in the next few years. According to a study for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ on the status of marine fish in the Mediterranean Sea, almost half of the species of sharks and rays (cartilaginous fish) and at least 12 species of bony fish are threatened with extinction due to overfishing, marine habitat degradation and pollution. Commercial species like Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus ), Dusky Grouper (Epinephelus marginatus ), Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax ) or Hake (Merluccius merluccius ) are considered threatened or Near Threatened with extinction at the regional level mainly due to overfishing. "The Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic population of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus ) is of ...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/marine/?7268

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