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World’s fish consumption unsustainable, U.N. warns

THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION:  Overfishing is particularly bad in parts of the developing world where many people already struggle to get enough nutritious food to eat.

A third of the world’s oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world, the United Nations warned in a report on Monday.

Overfishing is particularly bad in parts of the developing world where many people already struggle to get enough nutritious food to eat, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report said.

“There’s too much pressure on marine resources and we need significantly more commitments from governments to improve the state of their fisheries,” said Manuel Barange, director of the FAO fisheries and aquaculture department.

“We predict that Africa will have to import fish in the future,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding that shortages could lead to higher prices, disproportionately affecting the poor.

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