27 Oct 2010

Pacific fisheries facing collapse, study warns

9:14 pm on 27 October 2010

Fisheries in the Pacific region face collapse within the next 25 years without urgent concerted efforts to preserve stocks, a major study warns.

The study, published by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, says the projected collapse would make food security impossible in a region where the population is projected to increase by 50% by 2035.

It says various coastal fisheries are already overexploited, and highlights signs that offshore resources are being overfished, such as big eye tuna stocks.

The study covers oceanic, coastal, aquaculture and freshwater fishery sectors, Radio New Zealand International reports.

It has already been approved by members of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency.