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Love Seafood? Then Love Where It Comes From


9:31am 21st August 2012

If you love seafood Dorset Wildlife Trust also want you to love our seas.

Their Great Seafood Campaign is recommending we buy fish that are locally caught with practises that are sensitive to the environment.

According to a report out today we've exhausted our own fish stocks as a nation and now need to import seafood from elsewhere.

The data on all 27 EU members in the 2012 Fish Dependence report shows the estimated degree of self sufficiency, and therefore lack of fish, for each country.  According to United Nations estimates, over 70% of the world's stocks are fully exploited, overexploited or significantly depleted.   Stocks are being overfished before they have a chance to recover and many once-common species, such as skates, eels and sharks, are critically endangered, according to the International Union of Conservation of Nature.

Simon Cripps, Chief Executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: "Our seas and sea life have declined dramatically in the last few centuries, with overfishing and unsustainable fishing methods identified as among the biggest problems facing the world's oceans.  Whilst there are many recommendations for fisheries managers to consider, there is one thing that we can all do something about - choose the seafood we buy carefully so that we do not support over-fishing."

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