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Are we nearing the end of fish? This is how close we are

February 26th, 2014

This graphic from The Economist explains how the world’s fish are in danger — as is everyone who depends on them. If overfishing continues, experts warn, the world will lose a major source of healthy protein, not to mention that the ocean ecosystems could be irretrievable.

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Local fisheries management helps prevent overfishing, study says

March 20th, 2012

A new study says that co-management of fisheries at the local level is an effective strategy for curbing overfishing and preserving the world’s dwindling marine resources. In an analysis of 42 coral reef sites where the fisheries are managed by a par…

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Watch your seafood choices with Seawatch and FishChoice

August 4th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

The more you learn about your carbon-footprint, the more you’ll realize that it’s weighed down as much by food choices as what car you drive and your home energy program. Food production comes with a whole cornucopia of green issues, from pesticide use to deforestation to world transportation.

No food issue, though, is more important than choosing the right fish. Seafood merits special attention, because the fish varieties that we’re consuming could be on the brink of survival. Ocean ecosystems are being wrenched apart by the overfishing of certain species and the destructive fishing techniques used to harvest others.

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Swain swims for cleaner water

May 27th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Who is Christopher Swain and why is he swimming through 1,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean muck?

Freestyling around the net looking for answers, we found the YouTube video, “Dirty for Swain” about how Swain supporters are bathing in sewage…moisturizing with crude oil…and drinking curdled milk (not makin’ it up) to support this eco-activist’s latest aquatic statement, which is taking him from Marblehead, Mass., to Washington D.C.

It might seem like a lot of toxic exposure just to make a point…except that Swain is leading a new wave of interest in cleaner water. With the oceans acidifying under global warming and fisheries collapsing due to excessive commercial fishing, there’s no time to waste, excuse the pun.

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Food crisis hits fish sticks

October 13th, 2008

By Barbara Kessler

Remember the global food crisis of earlier this year? Unfortunately, the intervening mortgage, energy and banking crises have not solved it.

The next food shortages appear to be headed our way from the oceans, where overfishing has led to the steep decline of shark populations worldwide, the closing of West Coast salmon fisheries and now, the potential slide of the Alaskan Pollock.

This latest fish-in-trouble was once so prolific that it became the world’s most omnipresent, affordable everyman’s seafood, sliced into faux crab, minced and pressed into fish sticks and filleted into fast food McFishwiches.

Now, the workhorse Pollock, once vastly abundant, is experiencing a sudden unanticipated population decline of about 50 percent, jeopardizing the world’s supply of fish sticks (which may or may not alarm you), the survival of the Stellar Sea Lions of and countless Alaskan fishing jobs, according to a survey by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The findings have conservationists calling for a reassessment fishing limits in the seas along the Bering Strait. They want the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to set new reasonable catch limits on the Pollock that consider sustainability when the council meets in December.

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