Report warns of global food insecurity
as climate change destroys fisheries
According to this Guardian article, ocean acidification and climate change are destroying fisheries, hitting the Persian Gulf, Libya, and Pakistan particularly hard.
Low-income countries ... were viewed as high risk. So were small island states that depend heavily on coral reef fisheries and on conches, oysters, clams and other shellfish.
About 1 billion people depend on seafood as their main source of protein. But some of those countries most dependent on fishing are expected to lose up to 40% of their fish catch by the middle of the century.
For those of us in the States, this isn't just Somebody Else's Problem: "America is expected to lose about 12% of its catch potential by mid-century, the report said."
... the first effects of climate change and the changing ocean chemistry are already evident, however, in Kenya ... and on the US Pacific coast which has seen a die-off of oyster beds in Oregon.
The sardine population along the West Coast has collapsed.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council agreed to close the fishery from Mexico to the Canadian border starting July 1, when the 2015 season begins, after federal scientists documented a 91 percent decline in sardine numbers along the West Coast since 2007.
“This is one of the most lucrative fisheries in California, so to completely shut it down is a huge deal.”
They should have said, "This was one of the most lucrative fisheries in California."
Do you enjoy fish? <sigh>
... we face losing species critical to human food security, unless drastic action is taken to halt overfishing and other threats to marine life.
Louise Heaps, chief advisor on marine policy at WWF UK, said: “This is catastrophic. We are destroying vital food sources, and the ecology of our oceans.”
... bluefin tuna, now on the verge of extinction, but other close relatives commonly found on restaurant menus or in tins, such as yellowtail tuna and albacore, are now also becoming increasingly scarce.
“I am terrified about acidification,” Heaps told the Guardian. “That situation is looking very bleak....
She predicts that all of the world’s coral reefs could be effectively lost by 2050, if current trends are allowed to continue unchecked,...
... a quarter of shark species predicted to become extinct in only a decade ...
The Yale-based 2016 Environmental Performance Index is bleak on fish.
The world’s fisheries are in a dire state, with most fish stocks at risk of collapse.
Data gaps create hurdles and impasses for tracking progress towards meeting targets, including benchmarks for protecting fisheries,...