76% of the world’s fish species are either fully exploited, overexploited or depleted

According to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimate, over 70% of the world’s fish species are either fully exploited or depleted. The dramatic increase of destructive fishing techniques worldwide destroys marine mammals and entire ecosystems. [1]    


Snapshot of the global situation [2] 

(Of the 600 marine fish stocks monitored by FAO):

3% are underexploited

20% are moderately exploited

52% are fully exploited

17% are overexploited

7% are depleted

1% are recovering from depletion 



[1] United Nations Environment Programme - Overfishing: a threat to marine biodiversity



[2] United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization - General situation of world fish stocks


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