As arable land with adequate fresh water and low enough temperatures for pollination becomes more scarce, the powers that be will undoubtedly look hopefully out to sea. That’s when they’ll discover that the fish they were hoping to harvest simply isn’t there. This article doesn’t spend any times on the causes, just describes the problem.
Earth’s fish are disappearing because of climate change, study says
(CNN)Climate change is endangering fish worldwide, shrinking populations by up to 35% in coastal regions near China and Japan, scientists say.
Ocean warming has led to a 4% global decline in sustainable catches, the greatest amount of fish that can be caught without depleting stocks long-term, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science.
Using global data on fisheries and ocean temperature maps, scientists from Rutgers University in New Jersey analyzed changes in sustainable catches triggered by temperature rises between 1930 and 2010.
The scientists said they were “stunned” to discover that global warming has significantly affected fish stocks worldwide and warned that the decline could threaten the livelihoods and food supplies of millions of people.
More than 56 million people worldwide work in the fishing industry, and seafood provides up to half of all animal protein eaten in developing countries, the scientists said.