State of the Oceans Health: In Crisis-2

This ocean series is dedicated to the celebration and reflection of World’s Ocean Day, on Monday, June 8, 2009.

It would not be hard to imagine the impact on the land’s ecosystems, if humans mostly hunted wolves, and other predators for food at the top of the food chain. As Alison Barratt, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program informs us, that is precisely what we do when we fish for tuna, salmon and other top predators of the sea. Artificially disrupting the mix of predator to prey (in this case, through industrial fishing practices on a massive, global scale), damages the built-in mechanisms that keep animal populations in proper balance, and harms natural ecosystems that support life.

sardines in a tank at the monterey bay aquariumHere is a partial list of sustainable fish choices that are environmentally friendly to harvest, abundant, and well managed from the Seafood Watch Pocket Guides:

All Regions

Some Best Choices

Some Good Alternatives

Some Seafood to Avoid: Overfished, and/or fished or farmed in ways that hurt other marine life, or harm the environment.

Check out these related videos from this series: State of the Oceans Health: In Crisis (Part 1) Alison Barratt, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program discusses the health of the oceans in relation to native fish populations, and the decline of their ecosystems. Sardines: Sustainable Food to Feed the World Dr. Geoff Shester, the Senior Science Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative describes a sustainably managed fish, high in protein and healthy nutrients, abundant, inexpensive to produce, that could feed a large number of people, affordably. So, what’s the problem?


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