What Is Overfishing?

Brian D. Eliason is the owner of Northern Fisheries Ltd., a Rhode Island-based seafood company that incorporates responsibility and sustainability into all of its operations. Under the direction of Brian D. Eliason, Northern Fisheries has earned multiple certifications for its reputation of providing customers with sustainable seafood.

Overfishing is one of the main environmental concerns that threaten sustainability in the world’s oceans today. Overfishing happens when the amount of fish that are caught outpaces the rate at which fish can naturally reproduce. As the primary source of protein for billions of people around the globe, fish are a precious resource, and protecting them requires meticulous management plans that are based on sound scientific principles. Overfishing has gained increased attention over the last 50 years. Today, officials estimate that close to 85 percent of the world’s fisheries are being strained by this practice.

Although overfishing is a serious and far-reaching problem, organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund are taking steps to prevent this practice and to restore balance to the world’s fisheries. To learn more about what is being done, visit www.worldwildlife.org/threats/overfishing.

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