HAMBURG, Germany, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - "World Ocean Review 2 - Die
Zukunft der Fische, die Fischerei der Zukunft" is the first
comprehensive analysis of the condition of the world's fisheries, the
impact on world food supplies and the marine ecosystem.
On 21 February, "World Ocean Review 2 - Die Zukunft der Fische, die
Fischerei der Zukunft" (WOR 2) was released.
In the new report published by the non-profit organisation maribus gGmbH
with support from mare magazine, the International Ocean Institute
(IOI) and the "Ozean der Zukunft" cluster of excellence, Kiel
scientists have presented one of the most comprehensive studies of
world fisheries together with world-leading fisheries experts.
Will we still be able to eat fish with a clear conscience in future? How
great is the threat and which fish species are affected? What are the
possible solutions, particularly at a European level, for the
sustainable management of the main edible fish species? And how can
aquaculture help to secure the long-term supply of edible fish to the
At present, more than one quarter of all edible fish are deemed to be
overfished and a further 30 percent are deemed to be endangered. The
situation is even more drastic in Europe where almost half of all
stocks are under threat from overfishing. Since 1950, the quantity of
fish caught annually has increased fivefold to a current figure of 78.9
million tonnes of fish and seafood. The over-exploitation of fish as a
resource not only threatens the food supply to a growing world
population, but above all it poses a threat to the sensitive ecological
balance of the oceans.
"In "World Ocean Review 2", we present, for the first time, the
relationships between the world's fisheries and the threats and
consequences posed by these relationships in their full complexity,"
says Nikolaus Gelpke, mare publisher and founder of maribus gGmbH. "In
so doing, we are not just sounding the alarm, but are proposing
specific solutions." Thanks to constructive co-operation between
scientists and mare journalists, the report is easy to understand and
can be read by anyone: this is a knowledge base for politicians and
publicists who want to increase their awareness of the problem.
The new report provides a comprehensive overview of the significance of
fish as part of the marine ecosystem, examines fish as a food source
and livelihood for hundreds of thousands of fishermen and puts forward
possible solutions in the form of long-term and sustainable management
plans. Another chapter is devoted to the prospects for aquaculture -
which is already the fastest-growing food sector in the world.
The report also provides advice on decisions on what to buy at the fish
counter: "With "World Ocean Review 2", we are raising public awareness
about buying fish on a sustainable basis," says Professor Martin
Visbeck, spokesman for the "Ozean der Zukunft" cluster of excellence,
during his presentation on WOR 2 in Hamburg. One of the greatest
problems today, according to Visbeck, is that individual fish species
are currently often viewed in isolation, not in terms of their
interaction with other species and their significance to the whole
marine ecosystem. "This has to change fast and on a fundamental basis,"
says Visbeck. "There are now positive examples from around the world
showing how fish stocks can be managed on a sustainable basis, both
from an economic and social perspective. We want to publicise these
examples in "World Ocean Review 2"."
maribus gGmbH was established in 2008 by mare publisher Nikolaus Gelpke.
It is a non-profit organisation with the aim of raising public
awareness of how the diverse aspects of the marine environment are all
interconnected and of helping to ensure more effective marine
The first maribus publication, "World Ocean Review 1" (WOR 1), was a
comprehensive and unique report, illustrating the state of the world's
oceans and the interplay between the ocean and ecological, economic and
sociopolitical aspects. To date, around 70,000 copies of this overview
in German and English have been requested from around the world.
The second maribus publication, "Die Zukunft der Fische - die Fischerei
der Zukunft" was also produced in co-operation with WOR partners; they
have a longstanding commitment to the oceans and work at the highest
• the International Ocean Institute (IOI), established by Elisabeth
Mann-Borgese in 1972
• the Kiel cluster of excellence "Ozean der Zukunft", an association of
more than 250 scientists from various disciplines, supported by
Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for
Ocean Research in Kiel, the Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and
the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design, with funding provided by
the federal government and states within the scope of the excellence
initiative of the German Research Foundation (DFG), and
• mare - the magazine of the oceans
The "World Ocean Review" appears in a run of 60,000 copies
(German/English). The publication is not for sale, but is available
free of charge. There is no profit-making aim. It can be obtained at http://www.worldoceanreview.com. An English version will soon be available in addition to the German
version. The complete publication will appear at the same time on the
Internet at http://www.worldoceanreview.com.
"World Ocean Review 2 - Die Zukunft der Fische, die Fischerei der
Zukunft", published by maribus gGmbH, Hamburg 2013, a 148-page
paperback with numerous graphics and photographs.
SOURCE: maribus gGmbH
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