Alarming evidence issued of fisheries decline
Growing concerns over European and world fish stocks has been heightened by a new estimate that global populations of large predatory species (the main targets of commercial fisheries) have fallen 90% since the advent of industrialised fishing in the 1950s. According to a paper by German and Canadian scientists published in the 15 May edition of "Nature", it takes less than 15 years from the start of industrialised fishing in new areas for "total community biomass" to be cut by 80%. The scientists warn of potentially serious consequences for marine ecosystems. See Nature.