I doubt that this applies only to the U. K.
Researchers used port records dating from the late 1800s, when mechanised boats were replacing sailing vessels.
In the journal Nature Communications, they say this implies “an extraordinary decline” in fish stocks and “profound” ecosystem changes.
Four times more fish were being landed in UK ports 100 years ago than today, and catches peaked in 1938.
And we haven’t seen yet the effects of the gusher: