Ocean fish catches 50% higher than reported, study suggests

daniel-paulyHumans are scooping millions of tonnes more fish out of the oceans than official statistics show — about 50 per cent more, estimates a new Canadian study that sheds some light on the extent of the problem and on who’s catching all those extra fish. Statistics compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and cited by the study show that global marine catches between 1950 and 2010 peaked in 1996 at 86 million tonnes before declining by around 0.38 million tonnes per year. But by scouring out and including  around the world, the new study by Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller at the University of British Columbia and their 400 global collaborators,,, Read the article here 15:30