Sustainable Fisheries UW

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Fishing Down the Food Chain?

The mean trophic level of the world’s catch is not declining and the underlying theory that we begin fisheries by catching large valuable fish is incorrect. Lower trophic-level species like abalone and oysters are more likely to collapse from fishing pressure.

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How many Fisheries are Overfished?

A fishery is sustainable when the amount harvested does not compromise future harvests. According to the U.N., 69% of fisheries are sustainable, while 31% are overfished or ‘over-exploited.’ Larger fisheries are typically managed better, so roughly 82% of consumed seafood is sustainable.

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Large Fish in the Ocean

Large fish in the ocean like tunas and billfishes are highly sought-after and compose some of the most valuable fisheries in the world. The majority of tuna and billfish fisheries are sustainable.

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