This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.
A recent survey by Ipsos has asked over 20,000 regular seafood consumers from 28 countries for their opinions on commercial fishing. It found that 77% support a complete ban on fishing of endangered species. The survey also found almost equally strong support (73%) calling for an end to government subsidies that lead to overfishing or illegal fishing. This may sound obvious to most, but it is important as it shows the changing nature of consumer attitudes, which influence governments to act. The WWF estimates there are some 400 endangered marine species, while the UN Food and Agriculture Organization states that over 33% of the world’s fish are harvested at biologically unsustainable levels. This crucial report comes as the World Trade Organisation is set to negotiate the possible end of harmful fisheries subsidies by the end of the year.