A new report, published by the intergovernmental Secretariat of the Pacific Community based in New Caledonia warns that overfishing and climate change could empty the regions’ waters of fish in just 25 years.
The report noted that some types of tuna are already dangerously overexploited and that as fish populations around the world decline, the region would face even more pressure from foreign fleets.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than 1,800 fish species are at risk of extinction worldwide, representing more than 20% of all populations. Many scientists have pointed out that these changes represent a sixth mass extinction in the past half a billion years on Earth, with this being the first to be caused by humans.
International scientists, we are grateful for your efforts to alert the public to the hazardous changes that could soon lead to complete depletion of marine life. May humanity quickly turn to such sustaining measures as plant-based food choices for our oceans to thrive once more.
Speaking with concern during an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the devastating impacts of fishing while highlighting the need to adopt the vegan lifestyle in order to save the seas, and in turn, the planet.