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Monday, December 6, 2010

Little room left for fisheries

Little room left for fisheries

Enjoy that fish dinner while you can. According to the article (which you can read by clicking on the link above this line):

"“The era of great expansion has come to an end, and maintaining the current supply of wild fish sustainably is not possible,” says co-author and National Geographic Ocean Fellow Enric Sala. “

If it is not possible to maintain the current supply of wild fish, that means that we should expect fewer fish in our supermarkets and grocery stores in the future. As you know fish supply humans with some very important nutrients and chemicals, what if we are not able to find these nutrients and chemicals in other foods?

This statement by Enric Sala, indicates that hard questions have to be asked about the behavior of our species relating to the Oceans on our planet. We are overfishing the oceans to their detriment,and this pattern cannot continue.

Fisheries better begin immediately to change their behavior:

How? By adopting rules such as these:

  • Safe catch limits
    A constantly reassessed, scientifically determined, limit on the total number of fish caught and landed by a fishery. Politics and short time economical incentives should have no role in this.

  • Controls on bycatch
    The use of techniques or management rules to prevent the unintentional killing and disposal of fish, crustaceans and other oceanic life not part of the target catch or landed.

  • Protection of pristine and important habitats
    The key parts in ecosystems need full protection from destructive fisheries; e.g. the spawning and nursing grounds of fish, delicate sea floor, unique unexplored habitats, and corals.

  • Monitoring and Enforcement
    A monitoring system to make sure fishermen do not land more than they are allowed to, do not fish in closed areas and cheat as less as possible. Strong monetary enforcement is needed to make it uneconomic to cheat.
Please read what you can do to help this situation by clicking on the following link:


We human beings were warned back in 2002 that overfishing had to stop and yet we did not listen:

“Overfishing cannot continue,” warned Nitin Desai, Secretary General of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, which took place in Johannesburg. “The depletion of fisheries poses a major threat to the food supply of millions of people." (source: )

If you live in a country where you know overfishing is occurring, then it is up to you to get this situation reversed by becoming active and by demanding the behavior of the fishing industry be changed.

The fact is "the global fishing fleet is currently 2.5x larger than what the oceans can sustainably support - meaning that humans are taking far more fish out of the ocean than can be replaced by those remaining. As a result:
  • 52% of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, and 24% are overexploited, depleted, or recovering from depletion2
  • Seven of the top ten marine fisheries, accounting for about 30% of all capture fisheries production, are fully exploited or overexploited
  • As many as 90% of all the ocean’s large fish have been fished out3
  • Several important commercial fish populations have declined to the point where their survival is threatened
  • Unless the current situation improves, stocks of all species currently fished for food are predicted to collapse by 2048."

What are the solutions to this problem?

Some solutions which have been proposed by experts include:

"When thinking about possible solutions to the overfishing problem, it may initially seem that the problem is simply that we are pulling too many fish out of the sea. That's certainly a big part of it, but there are a number of other factors to consider as well:
  • the unintentional removal of non-targeted species during fishing operations (bycatch),
  • destruction of coastal and ocean-floor breeding habitats,
  • pollution, and
  • climate change (global warming)."
"As consumers, one thing we can start doing immediately is choosing fish for our dinner plates that are not in danger of being overfished."


The Environmental Defense Fund has created a list of the "Best" and "Worst" choices for consumers, (relating to Seafood). Please click on the following link to see this list:

If you live in Canada please click on the following link to learn which fish are sustainable in our country and should be selected by you to eat before other fish:
(note you need a program which can read PDF files on your computer to access the following link. Such a program is

We all have to change our behavior to allow the fish species which have been overfished to recover. Please act now before the situation becomes even worse! The following website shows what steps the Federal Government of Canada has taken in regards to the overfishing what has taken place in our waters: 

If you live in the United States please visit the following website to learn which fish you should be choosing to eat:

Please visit the following website to see  some important statistics about overfishing and the state of the World's fisheries:

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.