Protect the oceans
Cutting out meat will help protect the oceans
- In 2006, total world fisheries produced 143.6 million tonnes of fish, 92 million tonnes from capture and 51.6 million tones from aquaculture.
- 110.4 million tonnes (77%) was consumed by humans.
- By the year 2030 an additional 37 million tonnes of fish per year will be needed.
- 19% of major commercial marine fish stocks monitored by the FAO are overexploited, 8% are depleted and 1% ranked as recovering from depletion.
- 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises are killed every year as ‘by-catch’ of the fishing industries.
- Over-fishing, by-catch, climate change, invasive species and coastal development have resulted in a decline in the number of marine species, such as sharks, seabirds and turtles.
Find out more in our fully referenced fact sheets