Posted by: energyblogwalter | November 3, 2006

Seafood faces collapse by 2048 :: CNN, November 2, 2006

Seafood faces collapse by 2048 :: CNN, November 2, 2006

[Mr. Boris] Worm and an international team spent four years analyzing 32 controlled experiments, other studies from 48 marine protected areas and global catch data from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s database of all fish and invertebrates worldwide from 1950 to 2003.

The scientists also looked at a 1,000-year time series for 12 coastal regions, drawing on data from archives, fishery records, sediment cores and archaeological data.

“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,” Worm said. “If the long-term trend continues, all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime — by 2048.”


  1. Holy smokes. All those great cheezy Charlton Heston disaster movies from the ’70s turn out to be coming into reality. Let’s hope it’s more like a Mark Twain quote, where history doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes.

    from —>

    From the 1973 movie “Soylent Green” Plot: In the year 2022, the starving masses depend upon the government manufactured food item Soylent Green to exist. But in the midst of a murder investigation, a cop uncovers the chilling source of the product…

    So is the world no better in forethought and planning than a cheezy ’70s SciFi movie? Are we really surprised? If this report does nothing, nothing to you, then it would appear not.

    So then…What now? Can any Province/Ontario farms supply enough food for all Provinces/Ontarians? What do we eat, really?
    Peak Oil is also going to dwindle available energy supplies in order to feed everyone, so you can link both Food and Peak Oil issue together. We’re going to need action now prior to 2048.

    This is larger than a canary in a coal mine.

  2. Toronto Star November 3rd, 2006
    Seafood species face extinction

    Better news article outlining how deep the issue goes, why and what can be done. Discussion is more an issue of ecological management.

    The study found that restoring biodiversity in protected areas spilled over to the surrounding waters, where fishermen caught four times as many fish with the same effort as before. As well, the protected ecosystems were 21 per cent less susceptible to swings from environmental or human pressures.

    “These results suggest that at this point it is still possible to recover lost biodiversity, at least on local to regional scales,” the Science paper states.

    The crucial question is whether governments in Canada and elsewhere will heed this wake-up call, said fisheries conservation advocate Bob Rangeley.

    A former scientist with the federal fisheries department, Rangeley now directs marine programs in Atlantic Canada for the World Wildlife Fund.

    “The good news story here is that there’s important potential wealth to be gained from our oceans that we’re currently squandering,” Rangeley said.

Leave a Reply to energyblog Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: