World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on Nov. 21 as a day to appreciate fisheries - a food source for millions of humans on earth.

Apart from being a food source, fisheries is a critical sector that provides income in a global economy. According to estimates, small-scale fisheries support the livelihoods of almost 500 million people worldwide by providing 40 percent of the global catch.

The theme for this year's World Fisheries Day is "investing in social protection to secure equitable Blue Transformation in the fisheries sector." The theme aims to discuss how social protection can support equitable development when they are integrated into the sector.

Here are some quotes that will help you to understand the significance of sustainability in fisheries:

(Courtesy - AZ Quotes)

  1. "There is no sustainable future for fisheries as long as human populations continue to increase."-Paul Watson
  2. "The United States has long thought of itself as the land of infinite plenty, and historically we did have abundant resources. But now we are gradually exhausting our fisheries, our topsoil, and our water. On top of that, we're coming to the end of world resources."-Jared Diamond
  3. "In terms of protecting ourselves, the main issues are around how do we protect our borders [from illegal migrants and livestock and plant diseases], how do we protect our fisheries?"-Helen Clark
  4. "We suggest that in the next decades, fisheries management will have to emphasize the rebuilding of fish populations embedded within functional food webs, within large 'no-take' marine protected areas."-Daniel Pauly
  5. "To the naked eye, our oceans are beautiful. But scientists tell us that all of the world's fisheries will collapse by 2048 unless we change how we manage them. Help protect our oceans so the next generation can also enjoy their bounty."-Ted Danson
  6. In the Java Sea in Indonesia, I have seen fishers going out in the morning, six of them going out and coming back with five pounds of fish. That is the endpoint, a pound of fish per person per day to sell for rice. That's where fisheries go if you let it happen. That's where it stabilizes. These people cannot feed their families."-Daniel Pauly
  7. "Without sound conservation and management measures, fisheries will quickly become depleted and a basic component of global food security will be lost."-Sigmar Gabriel
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