Too Few Fish in the Sea

After reaping the oceans' bounty with careless abandon, the world struggles to save an irreplaceable food source

When Eric Nurse, 52, first went to sea with the fishing fleet from the port of Champneys East in Newfoundland, the cod seemed plentiful enough to last forever. Like his father and grandfather before him, Nurse returned year after year to the frigid, treacherous North Atlantic to harvest the rich waters of the Grand Banks, one of the world's most productive fishing areas.

But not anymore. After providing nearly five centuries of uninterrupted bounty, the Grand Banks have suddenly run low on fish: northern cod populations have plummeted 95% in just a few years. Faced with the destruction of an irreplaceable...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!