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Jakarta Post

Cutting fisheries subsidies crucial for oceans

  • Roberto Azevedo

Geneva   /   Thu, June 13 2019   /  01:06 am

Recent studies on the health of our oceans offer irrefutable evidence that something very disturbing is taking place and that the threat to marine life has never been graver.As we marked World Oceans Day on June 8 the evidence has never been more compelling that many fish stocks are rapidly being depleted. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization 33 percent of global stocks are overfished — compared with 10 percent in 1974. In some regions the picture is even more dire, with 60 percent of stocks overfished in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Southeast Pacific and the Southwest Atlantic.A UN report issued last month says that the pace of species extinction is accelerating and that roughly 1 million animal and plant species face extinction within decades. About a third of reef forming corals, sharks and marine mammals are threatened with extinction. T...