530 million years ago(as of 2020) fish first appeared, and for a while, they were doing just fine, even survivin mass Extinctions that wiped out all sorts of creatures above, but once fishing became Popular in the 1600s there was a rapid decline in fish populations. This brings us to today. I could not fit 530 Million on the timeline.
Ancient Accounts of Fishing
Approx. 400 BC
A Chinese account from about the 4th-century BCE refers to fishing with a silk line, a hook made from a needle, and a bamboo rod, with cooked rice as bait. References to fishing are also found in ancient Greek, Assyrian, Roman, and Jewish writings.
European Whale hunting
Approx. 700 AD
As early as the 7th Century Europeans were hunting and in some cases overfishing whales for the blubber and Tongue of the mammal.
The Fishing Revolution
Approx. 1600 - Approx. 1885
Around the early 1600s Oysters and small fish began to be overfished eventually leading to the late 19th century which severely hurt the fish population, leading to the Crisis Today.
When Fishes started to vanish
Around 1800 the first major fish decline happened, leading to the very unpopulated Oceans we have today. In 1800 they had no way of telling there was significantly less fish in the oceans, this doesn't change the fact that the fishes were still in the early stages of disappearing.
Hope for the Coelacanth
A fish thought to be extinct for 65 million years ago was caught, alive, in 1938, and after the population of these fishes gradually grew, they are still Critically Endangered. And if nothing is done soon they might be extinct, this time for good, but there is always hope for the fish population, as shown in the recent discovery of Coelacanths. if humans can change, and fast.
The Most Critically Endangered fish as of 2020
The Atlantic Halibut, Beluga Sturgeon, Acadian Redfish, Orange Roughy, Winter Skate, Boccacio Rockfish, European Eel, Goliath Grouper, Maltese Ray, and the Bluefin Tuna are all Critically endangered as of 2020 due to overfishing.
Paddlefish have gone extinct
Approx. January 8 2020
As of January 2020, the Chinese Sword Fish or "Paddlefish" has gone completely extinct, ending the entire paddlefish population. This serves as a recent account of Overfishing leading to Seafood deaths that are all too serious. These Paddlefish are thought to have been a species on Earth for around 200 million years before the recent departure from this Earth.
The End of Seafood
At our current rate, this will be the year that the Oceans are virtually emptied. If more regulations are not put on fishing this could become of our oceans. A terrible thought that will most likely come true if everyday people continue to think farmed fish is "gross" and "unnatural".
Half of all Sea-life is Extinct
By 2100 half of all Sea-life will be extinct, this only includes plants because all of the animals in the Ocean will be extinct long before this point if nothing changes. Plantlife is rapidly declining on Earth as well as animal life and we should not ignore the signs our Ocean is giving us that things will get worse.
WIth Mankind's appetite for Seafood, how can we replenish the oceans as much as we're taking away?