Turning the Tide on Failing Fisheries and Poor Ocean HealthNewsroom
The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) launched yesterday an emergency edition of the Living Blue Planet Report, which takes an unprecedented look at the dire state of our ocean and the solutions available for its recovery.
The report shows that populations of fish critical to human food security are in serious decline worldwide with some at risk of collapse. And the report finds that much of the activity threatening the ocean is avoidable and solutions do exist to turn the tide.
The updated study of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish shows that populations have been reduced on average by half globally in the last four decades, with some fish declining by close to 75 percent. The latest findings spell trouble for all nations, especially people in the developing world.
The report shows a decline of 49 per cent of marine populations between 1970 and 2012. The analysis tracked 5,829 populations of 1,234 species, making the data sets almost twice as large as past studies and giving a clearer, more troubling picture of ocean health.
The findings are based on the Living Planet Index, a database maintained and analyzed by researchers at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). In response to alarming statistics raised in WWF’s Living Planet Report 2014, this special report studies how overfishing, damage to habitat and climate change are affecting marine biodiversity.
The Living Blue Planet Report details opportunities for governments, businesses and communities to secure a living ocean. Important measures to preserve ocean resources include preserving and rebuilding natural marine capital, wiser consumption and prioritizing sustainability.
DOWNLOAD: Living Blue Planet Report 2015.