25 Jan '12, 10am

Rich Asians' appetite for premium fish threatening their stocks

MANILA - The growing ranks of wealthy Asians and their increasing appetite for more expensive fish are threatening stocks, potentially causing wider environmental damage, experts at a UN conference said on Tuesday. As Asians became more prosperous, they prefer to eat more "high-value" species, forcing fishermen to catch more of them even if it means using environmentally harmful and illegal methods, they said. "Increased wealth, especially in Asia," had raised demand for more expensive fish like certain groupers and tunas, said Jackie Alder, head of the marine coastal office of the UN Environment Programme. "They are no longer satisfied with anchovies," she told reporters on the sidelines of a UN conference on oceans in the Philippine capital. She warned that fish production had stabilised at 80 million tonnes in the 1980s and scientists believed that it would not go any h...

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