Officials from some of the world's top fishing powers signed a declaration in Greece to promote sustainable management of fish stocks, according to a report on Friday by Agence France-Presse.
The Philippine government is demanding more international action to protect coral reefs in Asia Pacific, which it says have reached critical levels. The area known as the Coral Triangle faces numerous environmental threats including overfishing, pollution and the impact of climate change.
The aquatic ecosystem on the upper reaches of China’s Yangtze River is on the verge of collapse due to hydropower stations and excessive fishing.
The population of the highly-prized Pacific bluefin tuna has dropped by more than 96 per cent from its estimated level in the 1950s before large scale commercial fishing began and it is unlikely to recover if fishing continues at its current intensity, according to a stock assessment.
China’s abundance of coral on its southwest coastal reefs has fallen 80 percent over the past 30 years with the fall accelerating more recently, according to a joint Chinese and Australian study.
Scientists meeting at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns, Australia this week have said that more than 85 percent of reefs in Asia's “Coral Triangle" are directly threatened by human activities such as coastal development, pollution, and overfishing,
In an effort to rescue its declining wild fishing resources, China is planning to impose a broad fishing bans on the Pearl River and the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River starting next month.
World Bank dipping into the oceans
February 27, 2012
A coalition of governments, international organizations, civil society groups and private interests are joining together under the banner of a Global Partnership for Oceans to confront widely-documented problems of over-fishing, marine degradation, and habitat loss. The alliance was announced by outgoing World Bank President Robert Zoellick at the World Oceans Summit, organized by The Economist, in Singapore on Friday. In his keynote speech Zoellick said as much as USD1.5 billion would be pledged to the ocean protection and management initiative over five years.
Fisherman on the Li (Pearl) River, Sothern China
April 06, 2011
A report in the China Daily says that a study has found that nearly 70 percent of the fish resources in the Pearl River, the third longest river in China, are under threat as a result of excessive damming, overfishing and water pollution.