10 Aug '12, 11pm

Fish Extinctions to Double in North America Over Next 40 Years

Fish Extinctions to Double in North America Over Next 40 Years

If current trends prevail, North American fish species will soon be going extinct at twice rate they are now. So finds scientists at the United States Geological Survey , in a study that will be published in BioScience this September. But this latest doubling really isn't really so radical in the context of the last hundred years or so—the same study finds that over that period, from 1900-2010, the rate of fish extinction in North America rocketed to 877 times that found in the fossil record. We've been killing off fish with disastrous expediency for quite some time now. From a preview of the study over at the USGS : In the fossil record, one freshwater fish species goes extinct every 3 million years, but North America lost 39 species and 18 subspecies between 1898 and 2006. Based on current trends in threatened and endangered fish species, researchers estimate that an add...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/fish-extinctio...

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