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Food Provision: Oceans In Focus

Fishing is key to world food security.
Daily catch in Bangladesh.  Over 1 billion people depend on fish for their daily protein intake.
Sorting fish in Malaysia.  By 2050, the global population is projected to grow from 7 to 9 billion people.
Early morning in Benoa Harbor, Bali, Indonesia. The capacity of the world’s fishing fleets is approximately 2.5 times above sustainable fishing levels.
Transportation of various tuna & shark species.  Overfishing in the last three decades has taken a toll, and about 87% of monitored marine stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited, or even depleted.  
By-catch on a small trawling fishing boat in the Philippines. Trawling, or dragging a net behind the fishing vessel, results in catching unwanted fish and marine animals. Approximately 84 billion pounds of by-catch is discarded each year, almost all by commercial fishing vessels. 
Fish on a grill, Liberia.  The average size among fish species is declining due to overfishing.  Larger-sized fish are known to be more fertile. 
Raja Ampat, Indonesia.  Banning or limiting fishing in marine protected areas has proven to be an effective way of helping fish stocks to recover from overfishing.
Growing lobsters in Vietnam.  Mariculture—or the farming of seafood—offers another way to feed our growing population.
Cultivation of milkfish, a popular fish ranking second only to tilapia, the Philippines. In 2011, aquaculture accounted for 46 percent of the total food fish supply.
Fish market in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia.  If we manage our fisheries more effectively, we could harvest an additional $50 billion of fish a year and bolster food security for the world.