People wonder why I don't eat fish. This is why.
Modern fisheries are decimating every single fishery in the world except (allegedly) the North Pacific pollack fishery. These are redfish being scooped up in Icelandic waters in the North Atlantic.
Modern purse seines, long lines, and drift nets have nothing to do with "history" or an ancient tradition. These are miles of monofilament net, put down with the help of fish sensors, GPS, and underwater mapping software. The entire rig is coupled with floating flash-freezing factory ships.
And the result?
It's the last buffalo hunt, where wild game is being depleted with frightening speed, entire biomes are cascading to crash, and no one is even paying much attention.
Over at the IUCN Redlist they detail the fish seen being harvested here:
Sebastes mentella is widely distributed in the North Atlantic Ocean and the adjacent Arctic Ocean. It has has a slow growth rate, age of first maturity of around 11 years, and a longevity of at least 75 years of age. Generation length is estimated to be 20–22 years; however spawning stock biomass (SSB) trend data for all four stocks present in the assessment region are only available for the last 12–25 years. In three of the four stocks, population declines ranging from 30–95%; only the Norwegian stock has been increasing. After weighting the population trend of each stock by the recent maximum SSB estimate for that stock, there has been an estimated 70% decline of S. mentella in the assessment zone over the past 12–25 years. There is no current indication that all of these stocks are being fished sustainably.