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  • Here's an awesome way to stop overfishing guys. Let's just close the oceans! Easy peasy! Right?

  • Guys?

  • Hey piscivores, Trace here for DNews -- We're killing the oceans. In the middle of the last

  • century, aggressive commercial fishing really hit the oceans hard, trying to get high-protein

  • fish into our diet. In 1989, 90 million metric tons of fish were taken from the ocean. Since

  • that peak, the number of fish caught has decreased every year since, and not because we don't

  • WANT more fish, but because they're simply -- not there.

  • In the year 2000, the BBC assumed genetically farmed fish would be sustaining the world

  • by 2025, that's not far from now. At the time, the United Nations estimated 70 percent of

  • the world was threatened by overfishing. Then, in 2003 the journal Nature estimated of the

  • biomass of all fish in the ocean, only 10% of all of that is left. Thanks to commercial fishing.

  • It's sort of like, we HAD 10 fish, and we ate 9 of them. So now what? At the moment, the international

  • community agreed to fish in seasons, with catch quotas and minimum size limits -- with

  • the hope this would allow time for the fish to mature, spawn and build the population back.

  • News flash, it ain't workin'. Why? Because we're not really managing the fisheries, it's

  • essentially a free for all once ships are in international waters. According to the

  • World Wildlife Federation, "the global fishing fleet is 2-3 times larger than what the oceans

  • can sustainably support." So what do we do?!

  • A new plan published in PLOS Biology has a pretty radical solution that they say will

  • sustain the fish population forever... CLOSE THE OCEANS ! OKAY EVERYONE, CLOSE IT UP,

  • WE HAD A GOOD RUN. Close it up, we're done.

  • Seriously? Close the oceans? Is this gonna work? According to the researchers' models, Yeah.

  • Not only would it work, but we'd end up make money in the long run. Their plan is close the high

  • seas --- which are real, it's not just a pirate joke. The United Nations Food and Agriculture

  • Organization define the high seas as international waters more than 200 miles from land. If you

  • do the math, that's 64 percent of ocean's surface and 95 percent of its volume, all

  • unfishable. Closed. But only for a few years, then when they're opening again under new

  • regulations, we can fish sustainably FOREVER!

  • Yes, it sounds a little far fetched, but last month, the director of the international consulting

  • firm McKinsey & Company said the SAME THING! He said, we're SUBSIDIZING high seas fishing already,

  • which increasingly is not a profitable enterprise. Ships meander around the oceans, looking for

  • remaining populations. If we designated the high seas as conservation areas it would cost

  • us on average $2 per person for everybody on the planet, but we'd get $4 back in the long run. Once populations

  • rebounded, there would be more fish to catch, which would be good for business AND conservationists.

  • A study in Science from 2006 says if we don't do SOMETHING then by 2050, doesn't matter, it's all over; we're

  • going to have no more fish to eat, all the populations would have collapsed. Under the PLOS Biology plan, each country could regulate

  • its own 200 miles of fishing waters, and thus maintain healthy populations of local fish

  • and allow for the global population to rebound. Iceland, Australia, New Zealand and the United

  • States have already begun attempts to rebuild their fishing stock, but there's a LOT more to do.

  • Would this mean you CAN'T have sushi for a while? No , Not really, but the sushi you have

  • might be more expensive as only a small number of the fish will wander into the acceptable

  • fishing areas for some of the fancier wants. Yes, there WOULD be economic impact around the planet, but if we don't

  • do SOMETHING we're on track to hunt fish to extinction.

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Here's an awesome way to stop overfishing guys. Let's just close the oceans! Easy peasy! Right?

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