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06 November 2006

No more fish in the sea?

Populations of fish and seafood species in the world's oceans could collapse by 2048 if current overfishing and pollution trends continue, says a new report.

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Populations of fish and seafood species in the world's oceans could collapse by 2048 if current overfishing and pollution trends continue, says a report published Friday in the journal Science.

The team of international experts that wrote the report spent four years analysing data from a variety of sources, the Associated Press reported.

"At this point, 29 percent of fish and seafood species have collapsed - that is, their catch has declined by 90 percent. It is a very clear trend, and it is accelerating," said lead author Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. "If the long-term trend continues, all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime - by 2048."

He added that it's not too late to turn things around as long as action is taken soon, the AP reported.

"We need a shift from single species management to ecosystem management. It just requires a big chunk of political will to do it," Worm said. – (HealthDayNews)

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