Roughly two-thirds of our oceans and 45% of the planet’s surface lie beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, which extend 200 miles from shore.
These ‘high seas’ contains perhaps the largest reservoir of biodiversity left on earth, is exploited by many countries, but managed by no one.
three-quarters of marine fisheries are exploited up to, or beyond, their maximum capacity. According to the UN’s most recent “State of the World’s Fisheries and Aquaculture” report, 85% of fish stocks are fully exploited or worse – the highest levels ever recorded.
Achim Steiner is UN Under-Secretary General and UN Environment Program (UNEP) Executive Director writes more here about greening the fishing sector and more – from the impressive http://www.project-syndicate.org commentary site.
Graphic from the Teaching materials at http://overfishing.org