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The Ocean - Overfishing

Importance

The world’s oceans produce 70% of our oxygen, influence weather, support economies and feed people. Many marine ecologists think that the biggest single threat to marine ecosystems today is overfishing. The resulting devastating changes in the oceans also threaten the livelihoods of those dependent on them: About 950 million people rely on fish as their primary source of protein, and fishing is the principal livelihood for over 200 million people around the world.

Threats

Unless the current situation improves, stocks of all species currently fished for food are predicted to collapse by 2048.

  1. Poor fisheries management
  2. Pirate fishers that don’t respect fishing laws
  3. Massive bycatch of juvenile fish and other marine species
  4. Subsidies that keep too many boats in the water
  5. Unfair Fisheries Partnership Agreements that allow foreign fleets to overfish the waters of developing countries
  6. Destructive fishing practices that indiscriminately kill juvenile fish and other marine wildlife, including seabirds, dolphins, turtles and corals

Simple Solutions At Home

Real improvement is going to take worldwide participation in enacting stricter laws and a strong commitment to enforce them. You can also make a difference by purchasing conscientiously and spreading the word. Every little bit helps!

  1. Purchase Conscientiously - Say YES to sustainable seafood. Look for the MSC ecolabel (Marine Stewardship Council).
  2. Spread the word! Make the pledge to support sustainable seafood and pass along the message using the WWF email template or share via your favorite social network.
  3. Reduce the impact on marine ecosystems and species and check out our "Fish Yes List" here. This is an up-to-date list of which fish currently have healthy populations and are acceptable to consume.

About The Marine Stewardship Council

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent, non-profit organization set up to find a solution to the problem of overfishing. They run an exciting and ambitious program to transform the world’s seafood markets to a sustainable basis. They define and assess sustainability of fisheries, creating powerful market incentives to adhere to international standards. It has set an environmental standard to identify sustainable fisheries and you can spot seafood that meets this standard by looking for the distinctive blue MSC ecolabel. This gives you a simple way to identify – and purchase – fish from well-managed sources.

The Marine Stewardship Council Donations To Date $376.74

Total Letters For A Cause Donations $4474.54

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  • For A Healthy Ocean
  • End Overfishing
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Resources

Click Here to learn more about Marine Stewardship Council