The question before the world’s marine conservationists is whether we can save the fisheries and the fish or not?
It’s been generations since the decline set in. Fisheries were being depleted of their main catch: fish. Yet the experts say that the fish populations could be back to normal within ten years or so. The fishermen could also earn some extra cold hard cash as a result.
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The way forward lies in many countries getting together to start systems of sharing rights to the harvesting of the fish. This strategy has worked in a number of countries such as the US and Belize.
One of the co-authors of the study, published in the March 29th issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said that she had spent a lifelong career working on issues having to do with fisheries, yet had never expected to come face to face with such a wonderful finding.
It solved the issues in one fell swoop. Computer simulations were run on a database of 4,713 fisheries. These comprised 78% of the global fishing activity taking place at present.
By the middle of the 21st century, the fish populations all over the world could double in number thanks to the new policies which are being implemented.
Within 10 years, the fisheries could grow from 47% to 77%. With there being more quantity of fish in the ocean, the food problems of 3 billion people could finally be solved on a global level.
The sea is not only where life began but it is also a source of seafood which supplies high quality protein for nourishment and nutrition. By the time 2050 rolls around, fishermen could be making an additional $53 billion annually on a global level. That is an increase of 204%.
This is a three-pronged approach that yield more fish, jobs and food security. In the past most people thought that fisheries could end up depleting the seas and oceans. Yet now we know better. Provided that the right management policies are followed, it could be a win-win situation.
Many have lauded the new report and study. Previous studies looked at a fewer sample of fisheries but this time around the analysis has been much more thorough and rigorous.
It has yielded valuable data that could come in handy Currently, most of the fisheries are in a bad state. However, it does not take much in the way of imagination to conceive of methods of increasing productivity. As they say, a little elbow grease goes a long way.