1 Nov 2004

Continued overfishing raises fears of a fish shortage on Majuro in Marshall Islands

4:44 pm on 1 November 2004

Marine life in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands, is being over-fished by the continuously growing urban population.

A joint report from the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority and Japan¹s Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Foundation says the fishery is also being affected by increasing pollution.

Majuro, with an estimated population of about 25 thousand accounts for nearly half of the Marshall Islands population.

The survey indicates that unless serious corrective action is taken, the situation will worsen.

It says this will cause fish supply problems for island residents and not leave sufficient stocks for future generations.