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Wednesday, May 14, 2003

According to a global analysis of large predatory fish published in Nature the last 50 years have seen a 90% decline in the abundance of fish such as tuna, marlin + sharks (as well as substantial reductions in adult sizes) due to over-intensive "industrial" fishing.

In order to save them from extinction the authors recommend 50% reductions in fishing effort for the worst hit species and the creation of largescale networks of protected areas made entirely off-limits to fishing.