The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has warned against hyper harvesting and fishing exercises in water bodies across the globe with little or no measure to ensure the continued existence of fishes, a key source of protein.
In a recent statement released by the agency, FAO noted that overfishing poses a problem to the nutrition of man, particularly in underdeveloped and developing nations.
While stressing on the need to take drastic measures to regulate fishing, the Director of FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Manuel Barange, lamented the excessive pressure on the marine resources.
“There’s too much pressure on marine resources and we need significantly more commitments from governments to improve the state of their fisheries.” He said
“We predict that Africa might have to import fish in the future; and shortages could lead to higher prices, disproportionately affecting the poor.” Barange added.
The Director noted that Africa had a great potential in the fishing sector but it would need a lot of support, in terms of finance, supplies and feeds.
Statistics show that 3.2 billion people rely on fish for about 20 per cent of their animal protein intake. It is also recorded that fish consumption reached an all-time high of 20.2 kg (44.5 lb) per person from 9 kg in 1961, and further index rise looms as health-conscious consumers turn to fish.