If the international community can manage fishing more sustainably, then future food is “more likely to be found in oceans than on land."
That’s according to Kim Friedman, Senior Fisheries Resources Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
He was speaking at a preparation meeting taking place in UN Headquarters this week, ahead of the major UN Ocean Conference in June which will discuss how marine life can be better sustained and conserved in the decades ahead.
Mr Friedman said that overfishing meant a loss in current productivity of around 16.5 million tonnes, but it was extremely complex to measure the impact of illegal and unregulated fishing.
Matthew Wells asked Mr Friedman to outline why this week’s two-day meeting involving Member States and civil society groups, was so important.