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November 18, 2020

World Fisheries Day celebrates the importance of seafood

World Fisheries Day 2013 on November 21 highlights the importance of fishing and the health of the oceans, and is celebrated by fishing communities across the world through rallies, demonstrations and cultural programs.

A recent United Nations study reported that more than two-thirds of the world’s fisheries have been over fished or are fully harvested and more than one third are in a state of decline because of factors such as the loss of essential fish habitats, pollution, and global warming.

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The World Fisheries Day helps in highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of water and the lives it sustains, both in and out of water. Water forms a continuum, whether contained in rivers, lakes, and ocean.

Fish form an important part of the diets of people around the world, particularly those that live near rivers, coasts and other water bodies. A number of traditional societies and communities are rallied around the occupation of fishing.

But overfishing and mechanisation have also resulted in a crisis – fish stocks are being depleted through ‘factory’ vessels, bottom trawling, and other unsustainable fishing methods.

World Fisheries Day helps to highlight these problems, and tries to find solutions to the increasingly inter-connected environmental problems, and in the longer term to find sustainable means of maintaining fish stocks.

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