Its hard to imagine that over the years of collecting data that no real conclusion is available. Its obvious that fisheries will be depleted unless there are measures to ensure the health and safety of this incredible resource. The data speaks for itself and its pretty ambiguous.
There is no argument the industry’s massive growth has vastly affected ocean ecosystems, but the extent to which this disruption has depleted and continues to deplete the sea’s biodiversity has become source of a heated debate within the world of marine fisheries science. At the center of the disagreement, which is highlighted by two recently published studies, is a question: What is the best way to measure the ecological footprint of commercial fishing?