In the future, the wide variety of fish available in our grocery stores and fish markets may be only a memory. Commercial fishers are netting huge numbers of fish, while dams such as the Hoover, built along the Colorado River, have stopped freshwater from flowing into fish breeding grounds.
Salmon are not only losing their breeding grounds, copper particles in the ocean are affecting their sense of smell, leading to behavior changes such as not swimming upstream to spawn. These minute amounts of copper come from brake linings and mining operations that have been discarded in the ocean.
Close to 500 species of fish are endangered; over 1400 are vulnerable and 60 are extinct.–all due to human activities (mostly overfishing).
In the August 10th edition of the Financial Times, Pilita Clark reports that the UN sees many "troubling" analyses of global fisheries, which suggest an "over-stressed" system "in imminent danger of collapse."
She quotes the UN’s Richard Grainger as saying, "I think probably we’re using stronger language now because we have been saying a lot of the same things very gently for quite a while, and maybe having less impact than is required."
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