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Fish exiction

Ani gogitidze

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exiction
Almost half the species of Mediterranean

sharks and rays so-called cartilaginous fish are facing extinction, the conservationist organization said, adding that they make up 14 of the 15 species it considers critically endangered. The 15th is a bony fish, the common goby or Pomatoschistus microps; the group says its population has declined about 80 percent in the past 10 years, mainly from damage to its habitat and incidental capture.

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The organization called on governments to

reinforce fishing regulations, create new marine reserves, reduce pollution and review fishing quotas, in particular the number of captures allowed for threatened species

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A species that the group lists as endangered,

the Mediterranean population of Atlantic bluefin tuna, is one of the worlds most valuable fish, with adult specimens regularly selling for thousands of dollars on the Japanese market.

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That's when the world's oceans will be empty

of fish, predicts an international team of ecologists and economists. The cause: the disappearance of species due to overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.

The researchers analyzed several different

kinds of data. Even to these ecology-minded scientists, the results were an unpleasant surprise.
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More than 40 species of fish native to the

Mediterranean are being threatened with extinction due to overfishing and illegal nets, a report has warned. of Nature , a Geneva-based environmental network, said species prized by chefs such as bluefin tuna, seabass, dusky grouper and hake, are now endangered.
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The International Union for the Conservation

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Sharks and rays were some of the most

threatened species because of illegal fishing nets while dolphins, whales, turtles and birds were also at risk because of overfishing, marine habitat degradation and pollution.

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