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Overfishing, a major threat to the global marine ecology


Duration: January 2001 - January 2004

In 2002, 72% of the world's marine fish stocks were being harvested faster than they could reproduce. Fishing activities have various negative impacts on marine ecosystems. The greatest concern is the rapid depletion of fish population due to extensive commercial fishing. A full one-fourth of the total catch (27 million tonnes in 2003) is not those targeted, and most often are lost.

Data credit(s): Stephane Kluser (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva), Pascal Peduzzi (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva), Andrea De Bono (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva), Gregory Giuliani (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva)

GRID unit: Global Change and Vulnerability

UNEP region: Global

UNEP priorities:  Ecosystems Management, Resource Efficiency, Environmental Governance

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