Fish farming only solution to stop collapse of seafood stocks

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
9 November 2006, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - Land-based fish farming is the only solution to stopping the world's wild caught fish stocks collapsing, according to a leading developer of aquaculture technology systems.

Marine scientists have warned there will be no more commercial fishing in 40 years if the present levels of fishing continue around the world.

Chairman of the Fremantle-based seafood company Cell Aquaculture Limited, Robert Sewell, believes land-based fish farming is the only solution.

"Less than 1pc of the world's ocean surface is protected from over-fishing at present," Mr Sewell said.

"Pollution and global warming are only going to make the situation worse, so we must find alternatives to wild caught fish stocks."

The new study on fish stocks, conducted by Canadian researchers and reported in the journal Science, concludes that stocks of all of commercially caught species will collapse to less than 10pc of the maximum catches recorded.

Source: Your Guide