A new report commissioned by the advocacy group Our Fish suggests that ending overfishing will help the oceans weather the effects of climate change.
Overfishing is weakening the oceans’ ability to adapt, the report argues. Healthier oceans will better withstand the disturbances wrought be climate change.
“If you have a system that is already on its knees and then you have another pressure that is hitting it, like climate change or overfishing, that will make the stock less resilient,” Rashid Sumaila, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and lead author of the report, said during a webinar on 2 September organized by Our Fish. “If you are very healthy, you have more ability to withstand the stress.”