By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
Confession: I’m a mom, and I like rap, and I tolerate a suburban overlay.
So maybe I was primed to like this video. But I think teens getting together to spread a message about ocean conservation is well, it should make some adults think a little more about this subject.
Fortunately, many people around the world are coming to their senses about how human demands are collapsing marine ecosystems.
Most people now understand that the Bluefin Tuna is at risk of extinction. This week, the World Wildlife Fund urged the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas to tighten monitoring of Bluefin fishing, which continues to threaten the survival of this species. Greenpeace, which estimates that 80 percent of Bluefin tuna are already gone from the oceans worldwide, advocates for a moratorium on Bluefin fishing to give this species time to recover.
It could happen.
People are finally come to the rescue of embattled sharks. In October, the state of California and the Toronto City Council added their voices to the growing list of governments that have outlawed the trade and use of shark fins. They’re doing their part to try to save sharks because they understand that these top predators hold up ocean ecosystems, and slaughtering them for their fins is brutal and needless.
As consumers, we need to be aware that our diet has consequences. As always, you can study up on what fish to avoid at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch website. There you can order a pocket guide of sustainable fish to choose, based on your region in the U.S..
Here’s a little extra incentive to avoid Bluefin tuna: This fish grows very large, and accumulates toxics in the environment. It’s typically full of mercury and carries a health alert. Unless you’ve got a lot of IQ points to spare, you don’t want to eat this big tuna, also known as tuna belly in sushi establishments.
Thanks to the Center for Biological Diversity for sharing the overfishing rap, which was a project for an oceanography class. It reminds me that our youngest generation is growing up with better radar for sustainability.
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