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September 29 2012

Swift Action Needed to Save World's Declining Fisheries


OSLO (Reuters) - Swift action is required to save many of the world's fisheries that are declining faster than expected, a study in a leading scientific journal shows.

A recovery of fisheries could increase worldwide landings by up to 40 percent, helping to feed a global human population that is forecast to rise from 7 billion to 9 billion between now and 2050, according to the report in Friday's edition of Science.

Coastal fisheries and sharks are among those hardest hit by overfishing, while flounder, herring and sardine are suffering less, the scientists wrote in the journal run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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