Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Study predicts fish stocks could be wiped out in 40 years

Irish fishermen could be facing further restrictions in the coming years following a new study predicting that ocean stocks will collapse if action is not taken immediately.

The Canadian research has predicted that marine ecosystems around the world will be wiped out within 40 years if species continue to decline at the present rate.

The extensive study looked at a wide range of different data and focused particularly on commercially and economically important species of fish in 64 different regions.

It found that the decline in these species has been accelerating in recent years and all fish stocks could effectively be wiped out by 2048.

The situation is being blamed on over-fishing, as well as pollution, habitat destruction and climate change.

The researchers say commercial fishermen will need to accept new restrictions if they want their industry to remain viable beyond that date.

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