Skip to comments.Oceans' fish could disappear in 40 years: UN
Posted on 05/17/2010 10:50:46 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
NEW YORK (AFP) The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 without fundamental restructuring of the fishing industry, UN experts said Monday.
"If the various estimates we have received... come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish," Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program's green economy initiative, told journalists in New York.
A Green Economy report due later this year by UNEP and outside experts argues this disaster can be avoided if subsidies to fishing fleets are slashed and fish are given protected zones -- ultimately resulting in a thriving industry.
The report, which was opened to preview Monday, also assesses how surging global demand in other key areas including energy and fresh water can be met while preventing ecological destruction around the planet.
UNEP director Achim Steiner said the world was "drawing down to the very capital" on which it relies.
However, "our institutions, our governments are perfectly capable of changing course, as we have seen with the extraordinary uptake of interest. Around, I think it is almost 30 countries now have engaged with us directly, and there are many others revising the policies on the green economy," he said.
Collapse of fish stocks is not only an environmental matter.
One billion people, mostly from poorer countries, rely on fish as their main animal protein source, according to the UN.
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A fish caught on a fisherman's hook. The world faces the nightmare possibility
of fishless oceans by 2050 without fundamental restructuring of the fishing
industry, UN experts said Monday. (AFP/File/Romeo Gacad)
And Oceans could dry up altogether, or aliens could attack and wipe us out, or, or, or
Here we go again.
Or monkeys could fly out of my butt.
Could they please venture a guess when the UN will be going away?
UN could disappear in 40 years: Oceans' Fish
No matter the problem, nothing works like a planetary totalitarian regime to solve it!
Let me guess.
In order to head this disaster off, we need to send trillions of dollars to leftist environmental and regulatory organizations and choke off all businesses that have anything to do with seafood.
Follow the money.
“UN Experts” is a phrase I never want to hear again.
That’s what Cousteau and the libs were telling us in 1972.
Anybody know what year it is now?
Oh, fer cryin out loud!
grin, snicker, BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHA
Sorry. I don't know how anyone at the UN ever publishes anything with a straight face.
I don’t even need to read past the headline to know that to avert this coming tragedy, we must act immediately by empowering the UN to regulate use of ocean resources and to tax member countries in order to support this effort.
Here’s hoping the UN will be gone in less than 40 years.
Useless bunch of wussies.
I heard this BS 40 years ago. Oh, wait, that was about the new ice age that was coming. No, it was the fisheries. No, it was both.
Suppose that might help? Or are useless bureaucrats indigestible?
lol.. I’d be happy to see them out of NY in 40 years.. who wants ‘em tho? nothing but a bunch of despots and free loaders .. and thugs
Don’t let Al Gorian get wind of this!!!
There are lot of other fish in the sea if you know what I mean.
The really good news is that in 40 years Pavan Sukhdev will have disappeared.
UN BS artists as usual, get them out of my country.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace
alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by
menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of
- H. L. Mencken
I wouldn’t want to try to digest one of those old farts.
Or not: Ingtar.
I have as much chance of being correct, probably more.
25 years ago, Ted Danson told us the oceans would be dead in 20 years.
I loathe Communist lies.
The oceans aren’t going to dry up, it’s far worse...
they are draining off the edge of the world.
What do YOU think is causing “the water shortage”?!!
It would accelerate the predicted extinction of all oceanic species---except for the sea-walking obamination, that super-special, one of a kind, godlike creature.
“We’re doomed!” - C3PO
Saving global fish stocks would cost 20 million jobs, says UN
Report says 13 million fishing boats must be retired to replenish stocks, with money redirected to retrain millions of workers
More than 20 million people employed in the fishing industry may need to be taken out of service and retrained for other work over the next 40 years if the final collapse of fish stocks in oceans around the globe is to be avoided, the UN warned today.
The UN’s environment branch, UNEP, gave a sneak preview of its green economy report that will be published in October. It said that if the world remained on its current path of over-fishing, by 2050 all fish stocks could have become uneconomic to exploit or actually extinct.
Pavan Sukhdev, who heads UNEP’s green economy initiative, said: “That is not as absurd as it sounds, as already 30% of the ocean fisheries have collapsed and are producing less than 10% of their original ability.”
Yup. I think this comes under the concept of “what good is a study that says everything is fine.”? Unless the study predicts doom of some sort, it has failed, it was not worth the money, it should have never been done in the first place.
“UN Experts”: Ideologues masquerading as scientists. They always begin with a preferred “solution” and simply reverse-engineer the problem statement to match.
I thought it was the earth’s rotation speeding up. Blow drying the waters and such.
I could see it happening if they all become Gay Fish.
Greening global fisheries could boost fish stocks, new UN report says
17 May 2010 An $8 billion investment annually in rebuilding and greening the worlds fisheries could both increase fish catches and generate $1.7 trillion in long-term economic returns over the next four decades, according to a new United Nations report.
An influx to the fishing sector with funding being covered by scaling down or phasing out the nearly $30 billion worth of subsidies in place currently is needed to curb the excess capacity of the worlds fishing fleets while supporting workers in alternative livelihoods.
Funding is also vital to reform the management of fisheries through such policies as setting up marine protected areas to allow depleted stocks to recover and to grow, says the Green Economy report, whose preview version was released today.
Then the most reliable use for the New York Times (wrapping fish) will have vanished.
Where is Chief Inspector Dreyfus when you need him?
Remember that these folks aren't being paid to find nothing. And, if they say "Yup, all clear. Everything's fine.", then they're all out of work.
Unfortunate that the papers always fail to mention that little fact.
That makes the fish too dizzy to procreate.
overfishing is an extremely serious environmental issue.
I’m sad to see people dismissive of it here.
Unfortunately the leftists have cried wolf over so many bogus issues that when a real issue comes along people don’t take it seriously.
I noticed that this has become one of the Left's recent favorite euphemisms. I suppose they imagine it sounds less threatening than "nationalization" or "communization"--which is exactly what it means.
UN “experts” could f*** up a cup of coffee. Why does anything they say carry any influence whatsoever?
We need more vegans in the world. Except that we need to turn crops into fuel.
Man needs to just kill himself off to save the planet!
Notice that Barack Obama called it “healthcare reform” instead of “healthcare restructuring”.
Economic reforms would have included tort reform. The goal was to subvert the system by nationizing healthcare, not reducing costs or expanding coverage.