Orange roughy fishing ‘unsustainable’

Slow-growing deep-sea fish such as orange roughy are far more vulnerable to over-fishing than fish from shallower waters according to an international team of marine ecologists, fisheries biologists, economists, mathematicians and international policy experts.

The team recommends an end to most commercial fishing in the deep sea, Earth’s largest ecosystem. Instead, they recommend fishing in shallower, more productive waters nearer to human populations.

Some deep-sea fishes live more than a century; some deep-sea corals can live more than 4,000 years.

The recommendation was made in an article published in the journal Marine Policy.

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