Oceans in Peril


The global fishing fleet is currently 2.5 times larger than what the oceans can sustainably support, and as many as 90% of all the ocean’s large fish have been fished out. Unless the current situation improves, stocks of all species currently fished for food are predicted to collapse by 2050.

52% of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited. Unintended destruction caused by the use of non-selective fishing gear, such as trawl nets, long-lines and gillnets kills over 300,000 seabirds, whereas the annual global by-catch mortality of small whales, dolphins and porpoises alone is estimated to be more than 300,000 individuals. 100 million sharks are killed each year.