04 Jul '11, 5pm

Europe clears own waters of fish this week

Europe clears own waters of fish this week

Today, America celebrates its independence from British colonisers; yesterday the European Union celebrated a less happy independence, as European consumers became dependent on imported seafood. A report from OCEAN2012 and the new economics foundation says that the need to import seafood to the union comes six days earlier than it did last year. The reason is simple, EU waters are so depleted that the continent can no longer rely on production of fish - a renewable resource - from its own waters to meet demand. The report , Fish Dependence: The Increasing Reliance of the EU on Fish From Elsewhere says that European waters are losing species more quickly than they can be replaced, leading to increased imports and longer trawls for boats from the continent to find their catches. "The EU has the largest and used to have some of the richest fishing grounds in the world, but we...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/europe-clears-wate...

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