Saltwater Fish May Go Extinct as Soon as 2048, Says Study

There’s reason to fret, seafood lovers. According to an international team of ecologists and economists, the world’s oceans will be empty of fish by 2048. The causes? Overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.

The study, published in the journal Science, was led by Boris Worm, Ph.D., of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Along with his colleagues, he sought to understand the repercussions of a loss of ocean species.

The team analyzed data from 32 experiments on various marine environments. They then studied the 1,000-year history of 12 coastal regions around the world. The next step was to analyze fishery data from 64 large marine ecosystems. Finally, Worm and colleagues studied the recovery of 48 protected ocean areas.

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