Seafood Industry At Risk

If you have a yen for seafood a few decades from now you could have to look long and hard. A report by a team of ecologists and economists writing in the journal Science says if current trends of overfishing and pollution continue, the populations of just about all seafood face collapse by 2048. The lead author says he was "shocked and disturbed" at the loss of species which could put the "productivity and stability of entire ecosystems" at risk. The team found that the catches of nearly a third of fish and seafood species have declined by 90 percent. The National Fisheries Institute, a trade association for the seafood industry, does not share the researchers alarm. It says new technologies could target species more efficiently and result in less impact on other species or the environment.

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To see the 2005 harvest figures from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, click here.