Industrial fishing fleets can catch fish in numbers unimaginable to fishermen a few decades ago. The capabilities are more than unimaginable, though. They are also unsustainable.
With bluefin tuna on the brink of extinction, fishing quotas are set for these giants of the sea in the European Union. But annual quotas can be caught in one week’s time, as is evidenced this year in the Mediterranean, due to the high-tech nature and overcapacity of the most modern fishing fleets.