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Fifty-Nine Missing Fish Species

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Divers who have been around awhile know how reef fish have declined, and we search for more distant shores to do our diving. The Philippines is one such spot, but in the past 65 years, changes there have been enormous.

Scientists conducted 2,655 interviews with fishermen, learning that 59 fish species have gone missing from catches between the 1950s and 2014. "Similar to the Newfoundland cod, where we saw stocks crash due to overfishing, these reef fish populations have been overexploited, and they may never recover," explains Professor Nick Polunin, of Newcastle University, UK....


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