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Our Reality: Overfishing

At the current rate of fishing, alongside climate change and pollution, by 2050 all wild seafood stock will collapse, defined as 90% depletion. Overfishing is a direct outcome of commercial fishing as it isn’t targeted and results in massive bycatch that gets discarded and wasted. 

 

It also mirrors our first world lifestyle: Blue fin tuna that used to be so abundant 50 years ago, has been rated Endangered by IUCN since 2011, all for our obsession with Sushi.

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Real sustainable fishing does exist (contrary to the picture Seaspiracy portrayed in the film). Size of fishery and scientific methodology are key: small-scale fishing employs 10x as many people, almost completely eliminates bycatch with a fraction of CO2 emissions, compared to industrial fishing.

DID YOU KNOW

Not all fish farming is good – 1/3 of annual global wild catch such as sardines goes to feed farmed animals; most farmed fish is loaded with steroids and antibiotics. The future of aquaculture needs to focus on species lower on the food web and as plant-like as possible: clams, oysters, mussels.

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WHAT WE CAN DO

If you can find the source, buy from sustainable, local, small fisheries.

Eat less seafood; When you do, eat farmed shell fish from lower on the food chain.

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