A hundred years of over-fishing

Atlantic fish stocks 1900, mapFrom David McCandless, a striking visualization of plummeting fish stocks over the past 100 years. Maps from 1900 and 2000 compare the biomass of popularly eaten fish in the North Atlantic.

The images were commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts as part of European Fish Week (June 4-12) – an effort to highlight the problem of over-fishing. The week’s activities coincide with the publication of a review into the European Union’s fishing policy.

See the visualization at the Guardian Datablog.


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