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World Fish Stocks Are in Worse State Than Expected, Study Shows

A fisherman aboard a trawler near Dieppe, France.

A fisherman aboard a trawler near Dieppe, France.

Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

The world’s fish population is in a dire state, with about half of assessed stocks being overfished, according to a study backed by Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest. 

The rate of depletion is worse than previous estimates of just over a third, Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation said in a report Sunday. A tenth of fish stocks worldwide is now on the brink of collapse, reduced to 10% of their original size, the study shows.