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21 Nov 13 14:39

Today is World Fisheries Day. Not sure it's a day to celebrate but it's certainly a good opportunity to reflect on just how important fish and oceans are to our present and future livelihoods, what the current state of (over)fishing is and what we can do to redress certain abuses.

As a Spaniard, I feel awful for the terrible overfishing Spain carries out, forcing many African nations to have had to turn to 'bush meat' due to dwindling fish numbers in their overfished seas.

As a European, I'm ashamed that EU countries like Spain sometimes bend the rules and get away with it (like France sometimes does with agriculture and Germany with machinery..).

As a global citizen, I fear that our exploding population and growing wealth will only mean more overfishing, more encroachment on animal habitats... and therefore fewer fish still.

Attached is a video with Jayne Plunkett, Swiss Re's Head of Casualty business who also serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Oceans, on why ocean resilience is important for reinsurers like Swiss Re, filmed at this year's WEF.

What are your thoughts? Please comment below.

To find out more about World Fisheries day, click here: http://www.gdrc.org/doyourbit/21_11-fisheries-day.html


Category: Food security: Food industry, Livestock


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