800M people face health risk from declining fish catch
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said that there are more than 800 million people around the world right now that face direct health risks from declining fish populations.
“New research shows that if nothing is done, 80 percent of the world’s fisheries will be in need of reform in less than 15 years,” the international group said.
“Overfishing is pervasive in the Philippines, where 70 percent of fish stocks for which there are data are considered overfished,” it added.
Right now, fish is one of the primary sources of protein and vitamins all over the world.
As part of the new fisheries law aimed at combatting this problem, the Philippine fisheries bureau has recently committed to building science-based policies and is partnering with EDF to develop new scientific processes, provide training, and test new technologies.
Through this partnership, EDF will provide science support sharing tools we have developed with the Philippine fisheries bureau as it develops reforms for the country’s major commercial fisheries.
Managers in the Philippines plan to use some of the low-cost methods, developed by EDF’s Fishery Solutions Center, to assess the health of fish populations with the goal of managing fishing effort and catch to allow stocks to rebuild.