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90% of Fish Stocks are Used Up - Fisheries Must Stop Emptying the Ocean
The list of the ocean’s troubles is long, but one item demands immediate attention: harmful fisheries subsidies. Nearly 90% of the world’s marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited or depleted. There is no doubt that fisheries subsidies play a big role. Without them, we could slow the overexploitation of fish stocks, deal with the overcapacity of fishing fleets, and tackle the scourge of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Harmful fisheries subsidies are estimated to total more than $20 billion a year. Not only do they fuel overexploitation, they disproportionately benefit big business. Nearly 85% of fisheries subsidies benefit large fleets, but small-scale fisheries employ 90% of all fishermen and account for 30% of the catch in marine fisheries.


 
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Eight Simple Ways to Help Take Care of the Ocean - The Save Our Seas Act, which passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support in July, was passed into law on Oct. 11, 2018. The act reassures funding for cleanup marine debris via funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program.


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