Overfishing Fuels South China Sea Tensions, Risks Armed Conflict, Researcher Says

Overfishing Fuels South China Sea Tensions, Risks Armed Conflict, Researcher Says

Andrew H. Sweet

According to one of the authors of a new report on the topic, a collapse of fishery stocks in the South China Sea due to overfishing and climate change could fuel serious tensions and even armed conflict.

Rashid Sumaila, a professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada, co-author of the report, said, "the best thing the countries sharing the South China Sea can do is to recognize the immense value of the fisheries of this sea and to cooperate to manage the fisheries sustainably."

China's growing need for fish-based feed, not just fish for human consumption, is a key driver of overfishing in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.

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