People used to think that the oceans were too big for us to impact very much. Unfortunately, over the past few decades scientists have realized that in fact, fishing has already radically transformed our oceans through a combination of illegal fishing, habitat destruction, bycatch, and just plain catching too many fish.
Here is a short list of where we have gone wrong:
12. Since 1950, one in four of the world’s fisheries has collapsed due to overfishing.
11. 77 percent of the world’s marine fish stocks are fully exploited, over-exploited, depleted or slowly recovering.
10. The cod fishery off Newfoundland, Canada collapsed in 1992, leading to the loss of some 40,000 jobs in the industry. Twenty years later, the fishery has yet to recover.
9. Scientists estimate that 90% of the world’s large fish have been removed from our oceans, including many tuna, sharks, halibut, grouper, and other top level predators which help maintain an ecological balance.