More than three-quarters of global fish are either over-exploited or fished right up to their limit. What’s more, commercial fishing kills hundreds of millions of animals every year, including turtles, dolphins and seabirds. About 90% of large predatory fish species (sharks, swordfish, and bluefin tuna) have been diminished since the 1950s.
_ If current fishing rates are not drastically reduced, scientists have predicted that the world’s fisheries could collapse as soon as 2048.
Do you know where your seafood comes from and how it is caught? Very few fisheries are actually certified as sustainable throughout the world. This is something many people take for granted but it is so important to make sure that if you’re going to eat it, you’re eating it sustainably. Catching your own one or two pieces in legal sizes with your own line in an area with an abundance is also an idea instead to be sure – and connects us back to food.
Make sure you’re also participating in action to ban trawlers and get involved with understanding your local politicians and how they stand on this issue.