There’s no denying it: Our oceans are in trouble. But we don’t have to turn to lab-grown shrimp quite yet. A new study says that if we change our basic fishing policies on a global level we could double the current population of wild edible fish by 2050.
A team of researchers at the Environmental Defense Fund, the University of California Santa Barbara and the University of Washington analyzed data on 4,713 fisheries around the world and figured out exactly what would have to change in order to prevent a total collapse. Their conclusion: Globally convert to a rights-based fishery management system.
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What does that mean? Each individual fisherman would be given a share of a scientifically determined sustainable catch limit. By implementing a set limit, you take away the competitive nature of commercial fishing, which often results in overfishing, underpricing and food waste.