It is theoretically possible to harvest and eat fish at a sustainable rate. However, the vast majority of fish sold for consumption in the United States have not been harvested sustainably, and it is doubtful whether the current demand for fish can be met without harvesting marine life at a faster than sustainable rate. Modern fishing methods involve using bottom trawls, massive nets, and other means of catching fish that not only harvest target species, but tear up the ocean floor and kill thousands of non-target fish, sea turtles, and marine mammals as well. The ocean-wide populations of the most important food fishes have been severely depleted already. Unfortunately, we cannot possibly continue harvesting fish at such a rate in this way if the stocks of many forms of marine life are going to last much longer.
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