Marine catch “staggeres” in the gulf of Mexico in the wake of global fishery catch catches, a US official said Wednesday.
The US Geological Survey’s Global Fishery Analysis and Research Center (GAFAC) released a report that said the Gulf had captured 2,539,000 tons of fish and shrimp since the start of the year.
That’s up about 20% from the first half of the decade, when the same figure was only about 3,000.
The agency said in a statement that the figure represented “significant increase” from the previous year’s total.
The GAFAC report also said that the total catch was the highest on record, topping the global catch of 3.2 billion tons, which peaked in the late 1990s.