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Tons of seafood produced

Globally, this year

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Tons of seafood produced

Globally, this year

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We eat a lot of seafood....
Too much actually. And more and more of it. This is not without consequences. Get the overfishing facts here and see why something HAS to change.

Top 6 facts about seafood production

1

Fish production is increasing

Total production has risen sharply over the past 3 decades and is now 154 million tons per year - the weight of the Eiffel Tower every 24 minutes.


2

And demand will keep growing

Demand for seafood is likely to continue to grow explosively. Most of this demand will be met by increasing production from fish farming.


3

But the fish are gone

Since the onset of industrial fishing in the 1960s, the total biomass of large commercially targeted marine fish species has declined by a staggering 90 percent.


4

Fish farming is not the solution

Fish farming continues to depend on marine fish as a feed source and add to the pressure on fish stocks. Also, fish farming often use excessive amounts of chemicals and pollutes the surrounding waters.


5

What to do?

As consumers, it is becoming more and more important that we support those companies who produce and sell seafood in a sustainable fashion.


6

Something has gone completely wrong

Some cods caught in the North Sea are shipped to China, processed there, and shipped back to Europe for consumption, travelling a total of 44,000 km. More than around the planet! Find guides on sustainable seafood here. (For the US here).



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The End of the Line is a powerful film about one of the world's most disturbing problems - over-fishing. Advances in fishing technology mean whole species of wild fish are under threat and the most important stocks we eat are predicted to be in a state of collapse by 2050.

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