Numbers

This is a great numeric illustration of the 2048 article from yesterday’s blog post about the impact of marine species loss:

2048: The estimated date at which stocks of commercial fishing species will collapse due to overfishing. “Biodiversity is a finite resource,” says Professor Boris Worm, who led the Dalhousie study. “We can predict when we are going to run out of species.”

29: The percentage of seafood species that have collapsed (i.e. their catch has declined by 90 percent or more) in the last 50 years.

13: The percentage decline in global fishing yields since 1994.

145.7: The annual per capita consumption (in lbs) of fish and shellfish in Japan, the world’s biggest fish-eating nation. The average per capita consumption in the U.S. is 16.6 lbs. Continue reading