July 31, 2009

Fish in trouble, but rebound possible

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A new and comprehensive study of fish stocks around the world shows there is bad news, lots of it, but also some upside, Sandi Doughton reports in today’s Seattle Times. The study, published Thursday in the journal Science, shows that 63 percent of commercial species have been fished to extremely low levels, but also shows  fish have the ability to rebound when pressure is reduced. Bottom line: it is possible to rebuild ecosystems. Big caveat: there’s little monitoring of the 75 percent of the world’s seafood catch that comes from the developing world. Read more, and how this study came to be when two opinionated scientists with opposite points of view came together to make it happen.

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