The sad truth is that we are overfishing our oceans. An article written by Renee Schoof featured in yesterday’s Vancouver Sun, highlights these facts. Schoof not only discusses the decline of marine populations due to growing demand over the years, she also highlights various reasons why it is challenging to maintain sustainable harvests. The fishing practices in international waters is problematic, she suggests, as these waters are harder to control. Instead, they are managed by regional multinational organizations, and not by national governing bodies. While there are limits on fish capture worldwide, that doesn’t mean fish habitats are being respected by those using our oceans. Given the many obstacles putting pressure on marine populations, Schoff supports the idea of placing greater restrictions on fisheries as a solution. [Read full article].
Consumption of seafood has increased by 25% worldwide over the past 20 years alone, and will continue to grow. What will happen 60 years from now?
Please refer to Seachoice Seafood Guide for ocean-friendly consumer choices.