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08

Apr

It’s going fast,” fisherman Eric Pineda said. “We’ve got to fish harder before it’s all gone.” Asked what he would leave to his son, he shrugged: “He’ll have to find something else.

09

Feb


 Can McDonald’s keep its fish supply sustainable?  



McDonald’s adopts the Marine Stewardship Council’s blue ecolabel for its Filet-O-Fish. Will the high demand for the sandwich create an overfishing problem?
McDonald’s adopts the Marine Stewardship Council’s blue ecolabel for its Filet-O-Fish. Will the high demand for the sandwich create an overfishing problem?

29

Nov

Photo of the day: Overfishing activists protest in elaborate bluefin tuna costumesGreenpeace activists wearing bluefin tuna costumes participate in a protest against overfishing on Nov. 29 in front of South Korea’s embassy in Manila, Philippines. One week before a major global summit on Pacific tuna fisheries, the activists are seeking conservation commitments from fishing powers to reduce the overfishing of the endangered bluefin tuna in the Pacific.

Photo of the day: Overfishing activists protest in elaborate bluefin tuna costumes
Greenpeace activists wearing bluefin tuna costumes participate in a protest against overfishing on Nov. 29 in front of South Korea’s embassy in Manila, Philippines. One week before a major global summit on Pacific tuna fisheries, the activists are seeking conservation commitments from fishing powers to reduce the overfishing of the endangered bluefin tuna in the Pacific.

15

Aug

mohandasgandhi:

An Ocean Miracle in the Gulf of California

For generations we have been taking fish out of the ocean at a rate  faster than they can reproduce. The problem is that there are fewer and  fewer fish to meet an ever-increasing demand. The solution is simply to  take less so that we can continue eating fish for a longer time.
Opponents of conservation, however, argue that regulating fishing  will destroy jobs and hurt the economy–but they are wrong, and there are  real-world examples that prove this. A scientific study published today  by the Public Library of Science shows that protecting an area brings the fish back, and creates jobs  and increases economic revenue for the local communities. I have seen it  with my own eyes and, believe me, it is like a miracle, only that it is  not–it’s just common business sense.
Cabo Pulmo National Park in Baja California, Mexico, was protected in  1995 to safeguard the largest coral community in the Gulf of  California. When I dove there for the first time in 1999, I thought the  corals were very nice, but there were not so many fishes, and I didn’t  think the place was extraordinary. Together with Octavio Aburto and  other Mexican colleagues we dove at many sites in the gulf, in a region  spanning over 1,000 km. Cabo Pulmo was just like most other places I’d  seen in the Gulf of California.
But the Cabo Pulmo villagers wanted more. They decided that the  waters in front of their settlement were going to be a no-take marine  reserve – fishing was banned with the hopes of bringing the fish back.  They had a vision, and they succeeded in a way that exceeded all  expectations, including mine.
In 2009 we went back to Cabo Pulmo to monitor the fish populations.  We jumped in the water, expecting fishes to be more abundant after 10  years of protection. But we could not believe what we saw–thousands upon  thousands of large fishes such as snappers, groupers, trevally, and  manta rays. They were so abundant that we could not see each other if we  were fifteen meters apart. We saw more sharks in one dive at Cabo Pulmo  than in 10 years of diving throughout the Gulf of California!
Our research indicated that the fish biomass increased by 460% at Cabo  Pulmo–to a level similar to remote pristine coral reefs that have never  been fished. In contrast, all other sites in the Gulf of California that  we revisited in 2009 were as degraded as ten years earlier. This shows  that it is possible to bring back the former richness of the ocean that  man has obliterated, but that without our dedication, the degradation  will continue.
Most importantly for the people of Cabo Pulmo, since their reef is  now the only healthy reef left in the Gulf of California, it has  attracted divers, which bring economic revenue. And fishermen around the  marine reserve are catching more fish than before thanks to the  spillover of fish from the no-take marine reserve. It seems like a  win-win to me!
The question is: how can we have more of these?

Environmental sustainability is possible.

mohandasgandhi:

An Ocean Miracle in the Gulf of California

For generations we have been taking fish out of the ocean at a rate faster than they can reproduce. The problem is that there are fewer and fewer fish to meet an ever-increasing demand. The solution is simply to take less so that we can continue eating fish for a longer time.

Opponents of conservation, however, argue that regulating fishing will destroy jobs and hurt the economy–but they are wrong, and there are real-world examples that prove this. A scientific study published today by the Public Library of Science shows that protecting an area brings the fish back, and creates jobs and increases economic revenue for the local communities. I have seen it with my own eyes and, believe me, it is like a miracle, only that it is not–it’s just common business sense.

Cabo Pulmo National Park in Baja California, Mexico, was protected in 1995 to safeguard the largest coral community in the Gulf of California. When I dove there for the first time in 1999, I thought the corals were very nice, but there were not so many fishes, and I didn’t think the place was extraordinary. Together with Octavio Aburto and other Mexican colleagues we dove at many sites in the gulf, in a region spanning over 1,000 km. Cabo Pulmo was just like most other places I’d seen in the Gulf of California.

But the Cabo Pulmo villagers wanted more. They decided that the waters in front of their settlement were going to be a no-take marine reserve – fishing was banned with the hopes of bringing the fish back. They had a vision, and they succeeded in a way that exceeded all expectations, including mine.

In 2009 we went back to Cabo Pulmo to monitor the fish populations. We jumped in the water, expecting fishes to be more abundant after 10 years of protection. But we could not believe what we saw–thousands upon thousands of large fishes such as snappers, groupers, trevally, and manta rays. They were so abundant that we could not see each other if we were fifteen meters apart. We saw more sharks in one dive at Cabo Pulmo than in 10 years of diving throughout the Gulf of California!

Our research indicated that the fish biomass increased by 460% at Cabo Pulmo–to a level similar to remote pristine coral reefs that have never been fished. In contrast, all other sites in the Gulf of California that we revisited in 2009 were as degraded as ten years earlier. This shows that it is possible to bring back the former richness of the ocean that man has obliterated, but that without our dedication, the degradation will continue.

Most importantly for the people of Cabo Pulmo, since their reef is now the only healthy reef left in the Gulf of California, it has attracted divers, which bring economic revenue. And fishermen around the marine reserve are catching more fish than before thanks to the spillover of fish from the no-take marine reserve. It seems like a win-win to me!

The question is: how can we have more of these?

Environmental sustainability is possible.

07

Jun

Shark guardians see momentum to save predator from finningActivists are pushing for a sanctuary in the Bahamas in a bid to halt drastic overfishing and finning that sees 73 million sharks killed each year.

Shark guardians see momentum to save predator from finning
Activists are pushing for a sanctuary in the Bahamas in a bid to halt drastic overfishing and finning that sees 73 million sharks killed each year.