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Posted Thu Dec 4 2008: from Underwater Times:
Study: One-third Of World's Fish Catches Are Being Wasted As Animal Feed; 'It Defies Reason'
An alarming new study to be published in November in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources finds that one-third of the world's marine fish catches are ground up and fed to farm-raised fish, pigs, and poultry, squandering a precious food resource for humans and disregarding the serious overfishing crisis in our oceans.... "We need to stop using so many small ocean fish to feed farmed fish and other animals," Alder said. "These small, tasty fish could instead feed people. Society should demand that we stop wasting these fish on farmed fish, pigs, and poultry." Although feeds derived from soy and other land-based crops are available and are used, fishmeal and fish oil have skyrocketed in popularity because forage fish are easy to catch in large numbers, and hence, relatively inexpensive.
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We're taking all the "forage fish" away from the foragers -- we may see a "forage riot" from the large marine animals before long.

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