Global fisheries ‘facing collapse’

Commercial fish stocks could collapse within decades due to climate change, over-fishing and pollution, Reuters reported the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as saying on Friday.

Climate change compounds existing problems such as over-fishing, a new report says, by shifting ocean currents and disrupting ocean food chains.

"The question is not whether we should stop fishing but to address climate change, which is creating a degree of impact we’ve not seen before," the report’s lead author was quoted as saying.

Some 2.6 billion people worldwide depend on fish for protein, the report said.

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