Posted by John Sauven — 24 June 2016 at 9:21am
Reacting to the vote to leave the EU, Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said:
"Many of the laws that make our drinking and bathing water safe, our air cleaner, our fishing industry more sustainable and our climate safer now hang by a thread. But Greenpeace is determined that this country does not go back to year zero on environmental protection.
Orange roughy are easy to over fish. So, humans do. But that doesn't seem to be stopping moves to re-define them as 'sustainable' by the Marine Stewardship Council.
True, when we started fishing orange roughy we didn’t know that this slow-growing,
long-lived, deep water fish was particularly susceptible. But now we definitely do. Orange
roughy can live to a staggering 150 years old, and are at least 30 years old
before they are mature enough to breed. To put that into context: there are
probably orange roughy alive today that were born when Queen Victoria was on
the throne, and they take about 10 times
longer to mature than Atlantic cod.