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UN report on fish stock depletion crisis


Earth is currently faced with a mounting loss of species that threatens to rival the five great mass extinctions of the geological past. According to the  UN's environment branch, if the world remained on its path of overfishing, fish stocks could become uneconomic to exploit, or extinct, by 2050.
At stake is not just the biodiversity of the oceans, but a substantial chunk of the global economy and the livelihoods that depend on it.

Bluefin Tuna - call to boycott Japanese sushi in Australia

Despite Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) being endangered, our Australian Government continues its weak policy of appeasing the Japanese (the main poachers and customers of Bluefin Tuna) , encouraging it to be fished to extinction. Rock singing environment minister Peter Garrett has become a toothless pussy with anything worthy of conservation leadership.

Japanese continue to poach whales, dolphins, and bluefin tuna (Atlantic & Southern varieties) and in doing so have become pariahs of the world oceans. Our government may pasty to the Japanese, but that doesn't stop ethically driven citizens boycotting Japanese restaurants and sushi shops.

The Australian Government has decided not to support a global ban on the trade of the northern variety of the bluefin tuna.


The Australian Government has decided not to support a global ban on the trade of the northern variety of the bluefin tuna. Instead, the Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, has decided to support stronger trade control measures and fisheries management. Japan holds the line on whaling and they are also sending a signal that limits on bluefin tuna aren't up for debate either.

Scientific research has revealed that whaling is not a ‘harvest of a sustainable resource.’


Whaling is threatening newly-discovered deep-sea creatures with extinction, according to research by biological oceanographer Craig Smith. He is sounding the alarm that whaling continues to be a threat to these ecosystems. 'We must recognise that the oceans consist of a group of tightly connected ecosystems – over-fishing or pollution in surface waters is bound to cause problems hundreds of metres below.'

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