What can I do about overfishing?
Many people have no idea of overfishing. This means we all have a responsibility to educate others of this issue. Learning about it (like what you are doing now) is the greatest start to solving the problem. Make sure you share and tell others about it. Below are some more:
Join organisations, movements and discussions aimed at putting pressure on your government to monitor, engage and be hard on fisheries that break the law and engage in unsustainable fishing. This include establishing and expanding Marine Protected Areas (areas of the ocean where fishing is banned and natural resources are protected).
When people demand more fish, fisheries will also go for more. This means if we lower our demand for fish, and supplement with other protein sources, there will be a lower demand for the fisheries. Think about eating fish from proper sources and supplement your protein with other plant sources.
Here are some tips on other great protein sources:
Illegal and unreported fishing contributes to about 30% of global annual catches in recent years (Ocean sentry). Illegal and fish pirating is going on in many areas of the world. Depending on where you live, governments can invest in better supervision and monitoring of fish trade, to ensure that illegal fishermen are brought to book. Get involved with activities that do this.
Can you think of ways that you can help in your own little way?
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