European Union concerned for overfishing
The EU is calling for quota reductions for exotic deep-sea species,
after the warnings of scientists and conservationists who say that many
species are at risk of disappearing. In spite of the recommendations to
totally ban the fishing of exotic deep-sea species, which can live up to
150 years and reproduce slowly, the EU prefers a volume cut of 33
percent for next year from 2005 in annual catches shared around the 25
EU states, then a further 33-percent cut in 2008. It is because of the
depletion of EU commercial stocks (i.e. cod and hake) that deep water
fish have become an attractive option.
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The destruction of the aquatic flora and fauna is mostly linked to
overfishing and illegal fishing. A plant-based diet would help restore
the aquatic biodiversity and would alleviate the suffering that fish go
through in the hands of humans.
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