The way the world catches fish defies all economic logic

It’s often said that there are plenty more fish in the sea. For most of human history, that was true. From ancient Minoans to postwar industrial trawl fleets, mankind found wealth from harvesting more and more of the sea’s seemingly endless abundance of creatures. The more fishermen tried, the more their catches grew, such that, between 1950 and the mid-1990s, global fish landings more than quintupled.

And then, suddenly, that stopped.

Since then, the world has hauled up roughly the same volume of fish out of the ocean each year—about 85 million tonnes, on average.

It’s not hard to guess the culprit: overfishing.

LINK (via: Quartz)

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