The destruction of the world's oceans by industrial fishing is made clear in a new report.
The analysis, published in the scientific journal Nature, suggests 90 per cent of large predator fish have been cleared from the seas in the past 50 years or so.
The authors say the era of swordfish, marlin and sharks is now over.
And other commercially important species, such as tuna, cod, halibut, skate and flounder are now generally far smaller in size compared with their ancestors.
The study has been written by experts in Canada.
*For more details of the report see next week’s Angling Times, out Tuesday 28th June.