77 percent of world’s fisheries could be biologically healthy within a decade, thanks to Rights-based approaches. Research shows that global fish populations could double by 2050 due to this inventive aspect.
The study, conducted by researchers from UC Santa Barbara, shows the abundance of fish life. Christopher Costello, a professor of environmental and resource economics stated that “We can really have our fish and eat them too”, concluding that “We no longer need to see ocean fisheries as a series of trade-offs. In fact, we show that we can have more fish in the water, more food on the plate and more prosperous fishing communities — and it can happen relatively quickly.”
According to the study, by 2050, applying the same improved fishing approaches could increase profits from the world’s ocean fisheries by 204 percent as opposed to what can be expected under a business-as-usual approach. Due to the increased percent of fish, there will a significant source of protein for an additional 500 million people. This is a solution to issues on finding sustainable ways to increase food production, which has become a challenge in the past due to maxed-out resources.
Scientists have calculated that 10 years from now, three-quarters of exploited fisheries worldwide could attain population goals.
Amanda Leland, senior vice president for oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund gives her input on the approaches. “We now have a clear roadmap for how to recover fisheries: Give fishermen secure fishing rights so they can control and protect their future… Countries from the U.S. to Belize to Namibia are leading a turnaround by implementing secure fishing rights and realizing benefits for people and the oceans.”
Researchers have come a long way with dealing with overfishing. Since 2000, overfishing in U.S. federal waters has dropped by 70 percent as the number of species managed with fishing rights. As we can see, thanks to their efforts on dealing with fishing rights, researchers have found all of the right solutions to overfishing.
The waters are looking clear in the future thanks to these solutions. Now fishermen can fish appropriately and people can be served fish for nutritional needs across the globe.
- Cohen, Julie. Better Global Ocean Management. Ocean News. 04 April 2016.