FIS Canada: The harvesting of small fish needs to be drastically reduced and monitored to protect the marine food chains. The fishing cuts should even be buttressed by no-fishing zones, according to an international team of experts underscored in the journal Science.
Even purportedly sustainable fishing levels of these fish are harmful to marine ecosystems and species higher up in the food chain, the researchers concluded.
The experts determined that overfishing of small species has "significant effects on other parts of the marine ecosystems," explained Tony Smith, the lead author of the study at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation(CSIRO) in Australia. SEE FULL STORY HERE
Ed. note: “Small” fish species comprise the majority of the diet for farmed salmon and other species. The production of farmed salmon has grown dramatically in the past decade in Norway, Chile, Scotland, Canada and elsewhere.