New figures highlight ongoing decline in European Union’s fishing …

New figures highlight ongoing decline in European Union’s fishing …
CBC News – Canada

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – The European Union released new figures Tuesday illustrating the decline in the fishing industry, with catches falling by 20 per cent in the 12 years up to 2002.

The data comes as the EU struggles to cope with years of declining fish stocks and warnings that cod and other popular species risk extinction in traditional European fishing grounds without stringent measures to limit catches.

To compensate for falling catches, production of farmed fish in the EU increased by about 25 per cent from 1990 to 2002, the EU’s statistics agency said.

According to Eurostat, farmed seafood now accounts for a sixth of the total EU fisheries production.

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