fleet numbers to help fish stocks recover: study
HALIFAX - Fishing fleets in the North Atlantic must be
seriously reduced if depleted fish stocks are to ever recover, a group
of scientists is recommending. A study released Saturday revealed that
catches of preferred fish species such as cod, tuna, haddock, flounder
and hake have declined over the last 50 years despite a growing effort
to find them. The study conducted by an international group of fisheries
scientists painted a grim picture of fish stocks in the North Atlantic.
"The only way we are maintaining yield is by increasing effort,"
said Daniel Pauly of the University of British Columbia. "But you
need fish to make fish, so we have produced a massive reduction in productivity."
While collapses of fisheries in New England and Newfoundland have appeared
to be local in scale, the study said the collapse affects the entire North