London, 3rd November 2006. A study in the November 3rd edition of Science (Worm et al, 2006) has drawn a clear link between declining biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services, concluding that “marine biodiversity loss is increasingly impairing the ocean’s ability to provide food, maintain water quality, and recover from perturbations.”

London, 3rd November 2006. A study in the November 3rd edition of Science (Worm et al, 2006) has drawn a clear link between declining biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services, concluding that “marine biodiversity loss is increasingly impairing the ocean’s ability to provide food, maintain water quality, and recover from perturbations.”

The study’s most striking projection relates to global commercial fisheries which it suggests may collapse entirely within 50 years. The study includes data for 64 large marine ecosystems and shows that fisheries are more likely to collapse in areas of impoverished biodiversity.

Environmental organisations and media from around the world have picked up on the study and taken the opportunity to highlight particularly destructive activities; principle amongst these have been high seas bottom trawling, and beam trawling on the continental shelf.

Worm et. al. Science "Research Article" (3/11/06).
Science "News of the Week" (3/11/06).