Thursday, October 13, 2011

where do we draw the line?

Last night we watched a documentary called "The End of the Line", a shocking, very explicit film that reveals the impact of overfishing in our oceans, something that (as a species), we've been doing for at least 50 years.

Now, this is not a film for the faint of heart, or for those people that only eat fish (as meat) because of animal cruelty... well, actually, this is a film for EVERYBODY that walks on this earth and swims in our oceans.

It's a reality that is affecting every single one of us, whether we buy fish, we sell it, we catch it or even if we just like to go underwater and enjoy their beauty. And this is a problem that should concern each one of us because we are depleting our ocean of  many species and the most important ecosystems on our home planet.

So, then we tell ourselves- " Well, I'm not the one going out there and doing the overfishing, so it's not my responsibility". Well it is, because when we buy or eat fish from a restaurant we need to be conscious on our choices, find out which fishes are endangered, so if there's no demand, there's no market!

There are responsible seafood guides that are very helpful for when we need to find out what fishes are "green" to each, which ones are over fishes and the most critical endangered ones.

If you would like a seafood guide for your reference, the Guy Harvey Ocean foundation has one that you can download and print for you to keep that information handy, just click here.

Also, if you would like to get more involved, the end of the line website has many more options to offer, like reclaiming 2 hectares of ocean for ourselves to encourage governments to declare more protected areas (if you watch the documentary, you will learn that currently there's only a 0.4% of the entire ocean declared as protected areas, that means that more than a 99% is open for fishing- or should I say overfishing?).

Believe me, the power of one and the choices we make today, will have a direct impact on our future and the well being of our entire planet... This is our Ocean, we need to protect it.

Here's the trailer for the documentary, a must watch!!!

3 commented; now it's your turn!:

MarkD60 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It just makes me sick how it seems that my generation has been the worst in human history.

bobo said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very important message.

Something else I never understood though is people who don't eat meat because of animal cruelty, but still eat fish....

Isn't it still animal cruelty in a sense?

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for sharing this message! Since learning more about over-fishing while I was in Hawaii, I've tried to become more conscious about my choices when ordering fish or sushi.

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