Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Was that Fish Stick Line-Caught, Sustainably Harvested and Domestic?

He's hard to resist...
The Conserve Our Ocean Legacy Campaign NYC launched Ocean Action Month on March 13, 2008. The month is dedicated to promoting community activism and ocean conservation in New York. Right now our oceans are in trouble. Commercial fishermen with nets a football field size wide and several stories tall are sweeping up fish populations faster than they can reproduce. Overfishing has already declined large fish stocks like tuna and swordfish by 90% in the last 50 years. If left to continue along with other environmental stresses scientists predict that by 2048, global fish stocks could collapse. The National Marine Fisheries Service is releasing a critical rule about overfishing in the next two months and the public needs to be ready and informed to comment in the face of powerful commercial and political opposition.

This campaign aims to:

1-Establish conservation of ocean ecosystems as the primary responsibility of fisheries management
2-Require ecologically sustainable fishing practices to stop overfishing and rebuild depleted populations of fish
3-Reform the institutions responsible for managing fisheries to ensure that their decisions reflect the needs of the entire ecosystem.

Sounds good, right? We think so too. Keep the oceans full of diversity by signing their online petition

learn more at Ocean Legacy

To download a handy guide telling you what fish is okay to order when you're out to eat or at the market, visit Monterey Bay Aquarium