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An undercurrent of disaster

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UNSUSTAINABLE: The trade in fish had grown exponentially in recent decades

UNSUSTAINABLE: The trade in fish had grown exponentially in recent decades

Global fish consumption hits record high

United Nations data has shown Global per capita fish consumption has hit a record high, passing the 20kg per year mark for the first time.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report said it was the result of improved aquaculture and reduced waste.

Yet despite noteworthy progress in some areas, the state of the world's marine resources has not improved, according to the latest edition of the UN agency's The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, which said almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now fished at biologically unsustainable level - triple the level of 1974.

The report went on to say that people, for the first time on record, were now consuming more farmed fish than wild-caught fish and that marine natural resources continue to be overharvested at unsustainable levels.

Manuel Barange, director of FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources, decided to look on the bright side and welcomed the fact that global per capita fish consumption has passed the 20kg per year threshold.

He said: “I personally think this is a very good thing because it shows that over the past five decades, fisheries supply - which combines aquaculture, inland fisheries and marine fisheries - has outpaced human population growth very significantly.”

“This is very significant because fisheries have a very much smaller footprint than other main sources of animal protein.”

Decreased fish landings have been observed in some regions due to the implementation of effective management regulations, like in the northwest Atlantic, where the annual catch is now less than half the level of the early 1970s.

Flounder, halibut and haddock stocks in that area are showing some signs of recovery, although that is not yet the case for cod, which remain at risk.

The report described the situation in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, where 59 per cent of assessed stocks are fished at biologically unsustainable levels, as ‘alarming’.


All new Mazda CX3 makes global debut

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NEW: Mazda enters one of the fastest-growing vehicle segments with its first crossover SUV.

NEW: Mazda enters one of the fastest-growing vehicle segments with its first crossover SUV.

The all-new crossover SUV is the fifth model in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation vehicles to feature the full suite of the company’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology along with a stylish KODO – Soul of Motion design.

With the global market launch set for Japan in spring 2015, the CX-3 is set to become a core member of Mazda’s model line-up.

European models will have a choice of three engines: the petrol SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre in two power versions and the new SKYACTIV-D 1.5-litre clean diesel.

Six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic and SKYACTIV-MT manual transmissions will be offered either in front-wheel drive format or with Mazda’s new-generation all-wheel drive system.

The all-new Mazda CX-3 will feature Mazda’s latest i-ACTIVSENSE active safety systems as well as superb passive protection from its lightweight yet stiff SKYACTIV-Body.

Suited to the needs of a modern market, it also offers a generous infotainment package including the MZD Connect in-car connectivity system.

The Mazda CX-3 will be on display throughout the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show along with the all-new Mazda MX-5, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the 2015 Mazda6, which are also making their debuts. The show runs from 21-30 November.