Supporters of the ocean have definitely made a point in 2017: It’s time to end our world’s addiction to plastic.
Our eyes are finally being opened to the gruesome realities of plastic pollution in our oceans through the combined power of science, art, marketing, education, and policy. There’s still plenty of work to be done to ensure a plastic-free future, but people are beginning to get the message.
At the forefront of this clarion call to action has been an alarming fact: that by the year 2050 the world’s oceans will have more plastic in them than fish.
But this statement is about more than just plastic pollution.
The other side of the equation is that fish are disappearing.
In 2018, it’s time for us to see the entire picture. And plastic pollution is just the tip of the iceberg.
Equally alarming, but less-mainstream than the atrocities of plastic pollution is the fact that our oceans are being pillaged for their most important resource: fish.
For example, did you know that every time you eat tuna, you’re very likely consuming an endangered animal?
Actually, 90% of all predatory fish in the ocean are gone as a result of our insatiable appetite for fish.
Animals under the sea face a gauntlet of troubles in our modern world. Fishing plucks these species directly from the ocean while plastic pollution, climate change, invasive species, and habitat loss only make life harder for the remaining fish to survive.
Breaking Down The Problem
Fishing doesn’t have to be as big of a problem as it has become. And sustainable management of our world’s oceans is possible.
But we need to be aware of where the problems lie, so that we as consumers can stop supporting unsustainable fishing practices.
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