The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) warned yesterday that if present fishing practices continue, the world’s oceans would soon be emptied of fish.
Thomas Kaissl said in a statement that every year 80 million tonnes of fish and other marine animals were caught, four times more than half a century ago, throughout the world.
“If we do not put a rigorous halt to the global exploitation of our oceans, they will soon be emptied of fish,” he said.
The WWF called on consumers to buy only fish that they knew came from secure and replaceable stocks. But at present, financial interests still often prevail over ecological ones, even if it ultimately meant an end to sea fishing, it admitted.
The statement said it recommended the purchase of sea fish with the blue label of the “Marine Stewardship Council” (MSC).
The MSC initiative was founded in 1997 by the Unilever company and the WWF to stop the extinction of maritime species. The MSC says products with its label come from fish caught with methods aimed at preserving their stocks.
The Marine Stewardship Council is an earthdive associate.