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November 04, 2006
“The oceans define our planet, and their fate may to a large extent determine our fate, now and in the future.”
The study ’Impact of biodiversity loss on ocean system services’ showed that the loss of one species accelerates the unravelling of the overall ecosystem, while conversely every species recovered adds significantly to its productivity, stability
and ability to withstand stresses.
Data for 2003 shows that 29% of currently fished species were considered “collapsed” –that their catches had declined by 90% or more. This trend is accelerating as per the study.
(Source: The Hindu dated 4 November, 2006)