One Fish, Two Fish… No More Fish

by Christopher Paul on June 6, 2011

I saw this article from The Guardian a few days ago thanks to Information is Beautiful which I read regularly but, because I was behind in my feeds, I skipped over it. Now that Kottke posted it on his own site, I took the time to read it (also having reached RSS 0 last night).

I almost wish I hadn’t.

It’s a simple comparison between fishing levels in 1900 compared to 2000. As you can see from the picture below, there are no more fish. They’re gone.

Gone.

Fish animated

It’s almost ironic that I post about this now. My wife and I were just talking about increasing our fish intake to counter the decline in red meat consumption we’re trying in an effort to be healthier. But knowing what we know about fishing thanks to our annual island vacations, we understand overfishing can do serious harm to the population. Moreover, fishing can cause substantial damage to the environment. And, of course, some fish have high contaminate levels.

That’s why we use the Seafood Watch app from the Montery Bay Aquarium. It helps us make appropriate choices when shopping for fish at the local market or when ordering out at a restaurant. It’s not always easy to chose between wild and farmed fish so it helps to arm yourself with as much information as possible.

Plenty More Fish In The Sea? – The Guardian via Kottke and Information Is Beautiful

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