We Must Stop Eating Our Oceans

April 25, 2012 | By | 5 Replies More

Hope Bohanec, One Green Planet
Waking Times

“We must stop eating the oceans. Eating fish is, for all intents and purposes, an ecological crime.” –Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd

The planet may never recover from the environmental devastation wrought by commercial fishing. Once thought to hold an endless bounty, we are quickly learning that even our oceans are no match for human greed. Many fish species once considered infinitely numerous are in grave danger of being hunted to extinction. The ocean is not the “renewable resource” it was once thought to be and there are just too many people on earth for seafood to be a sustainable food source.

Billions of fish worldwide are killed for food every year. Unless current fishing rates are drastically reduced, scientists predict that every species of wild-caught seafood will collapse by the year 2050.[1] [2] Excessive fish depletion can widely be attributed to the dual culprits of advances in fishing technology and techniques on the one hand, coupled with minimal regulations and restrictions to allow fish to repopulate. Humans are a terrifying predator and there is no ocean deep enough to hide.

Large computerized ships trawl the deep seas with miles of netting that can obliterate 130 tons of fish in a single sweep. Bottom trawlers cause massive destruction, scraping the sea bottom and destroying miles and miles of coral, sponges, and non-target bottom dwelling fish which are simply discarded as collateral damage.

In fact, fishing is one of the world’s most wasteful and destructive industries. Every year, more than seven million tons of so-called “by-catch”, (perhaps more accurately described as “by-kill”) is inadvertently caught and wantonly destroyed; including over 300,000 sea animals such as non-target fish species, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks, albatrosses and other sea birds.[3] [4] Every year 7.3 million tons of marine life is caught unintentionally by the fishing industry just to be callously thrown back dead, considered an acceptable loss in the industrial pursuit for profit. [5]

According to the UN, all 17 of the world’s major fishing estuaries are over-fished. Seven of the top ten marine fish species are fully exploited or over-exploited, and nearly 90 percent of all large predatory fish in the ocean are now gone, forcing nations to increasingly fish lower on the food webs to meet seafood demands.[6] The 2008 State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture released by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) concludes that 80 percent of all marine fish stocks are currently fully exploited, over exploited or depleted, including stocks of the seven largest prey fisheries.

Because of human exploitation of the oceans, endangered species are starving without enough to eat, and helplessly fight for life caught in fishing nets that kill indiscriminately. We, as humans, have a choice in what we eat. I have lived for twenty two years without fish in my diet and I’m healthy and thriving. Marine mammals are not so fortunate; they need fish to live, and we are in effect stealing and annihilating their only means of sustenance.

Endangered species are also vulnerable to industry nets and other gear. Just as the dolphins still suffocate and die in the tuna industry nets, sea turtles are killed by the millions in the nets of the shrimping industry. In fact, for every pound of shrimp netted in the Gulf of Mexico, four pounds of “by-kill” is wasted and thrown back overboard dead.[7]

Not only are we depleting the oceans of fish at an alarming rate for human consumption, but half the world’s fish catch is fed to livestock! In fact, more fish are consumed by U.S. livestock than by the entire human population of all the countries of Western Europe combined[8]. Factory farmed pigs and chickens are eating more fish than sharks and seagulls. What an absolute waste.

Amazingly, there is new evidence that depleting our oceans is hastening global warming. A study in the prestigious journal Science found that fish droppings help the ocean absorb carbon dioxide. Alkaline chemicals such as calcium carbonate in fish excrement balance acidity in the oceans and help take CO2 out of the atmosphere.[9] With massive depletion of fish, and corresponding diminishing supply of fish poop, the oceans are unable to capture the CO2 as they have been for millennia. The global warming effect is raising sea temperatures and causing the acidification of the ocean threatening coral, plankton, and other marine life.

Shark Finning

As a top predator, sharks play an integral role in the ocean ecosystem. There are over 350 species of sharks whose fossil record dates back 400 million years, making them one of the most ancient fish species.

Nearly every species of shark has dramatically declined do to the global demand for the tasteless, opulent dish of shark-fin soup. Shark fining is a process where the top and side fins and sometimes the tails of sharks are cut off and the remainder of the often still living fish is cruelly thrown back into the ocean. Sharks then sink to the bottom, unable to swim and die a slow, agonizing death.

Every year, 73 million sharks are killed in this manner for shark fin soup.[10] This unnecessary dish has been a major contributor to the near collapse of many shark species world-wide. Scientists are warning that the massive decline of sharks is having a devastating effect on the marine ecosystem because sharks maintain the natural balance in our ocean’s marine food web. The situation is so dire, ocean and wildlife protection organizations are working with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and other government agencies scrambling to put bans on the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins on international coastlines in an attempt to curb the cull. Here in the U.S., Hawaii and Washington State have just passed bans on the sale and distribution of shark fins, a similar bill is pending in California.

Fish Farming

Fish Farming, or Aquaculture, is far from an ecological solution. In fact, the same problems arise when you concentrate large amounts of fish into small tanks as you do when you confine animals on a factory farm- they get sick from the unnatural and stressful conditions and produce concentrated, ecologically dangerous waste.

Thousands of fish swim in a tank not much larger than a swimming pool that is essentially a filthy cesspool of their own excrement. Fish farms are notorious for dumping an arsenal of chemicals into the tanks. Antibiotics and other drugs are mixed in these polluted waters and leach into the surrounding groundwater. Fish farms use wild fish to feed their farmed fish, so the industry ends up killing more fish than it produces. Five kilos of anchovies make only one kilo of salmon. An Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission study recently revealed that it requires up to 60 million metric tons of “harvested wild fish” per year to feed the three million tons of the three major tropical tuna species that we are now harvesting annually from fish farms. Again, an incredibly wasteful practice.

Not the healthy choice

There is no physiological need for humans to eat fish. Like all meat, fish has no magical property that can only be found in its flesh. Plants provide omega 3 fatty acids and protein without the saturated fat, cholesterol, possible mercury, heavy metals and destruction of the oceans that surely come with a meal of fish. Plants also provide a surplus of nutrients that are lacking in animal sources.

www.OffgridOutpost.comFish is the number one way humans become contaminated with methyl mercury. The world’s leading mercury scientists have concluded that the risks posed by fish contaminated with mercury calls for a worldwide general warning to the public, especially to children and women of childbearing age.[11] Also found in most fish are levels of PCBs, DDT, lead, dioxin, heavy metals, and a wide array of other toxins.

A friend of mine is about to embark on a perilous and courageous journey- she will be serving on a Sea Shepherd ship prepared to protect the blue fin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea. Of course we all know about Whale Wars and their fight to protect the majestic whales, but the blue fin tuna are just as endangered, nearing extinction if intervention is not swift. The blue fin tuna is a vital link in the fragile marine eco-system and the catch has declined by 80 percent in the last 10 years. How tragic that brave activist must risk their lives to defend this important species when the solution is so simple- vegan sushi anyone?

The mysterious and remarkable ocean is in desperate peril and will soon die unless we reclaim the waters and refuse to support the mass extinction that we are currently causing. Paraphrasing Captain Paul Watson- what befalls the ocean befalls us all. The world is a connected web; we cannot have a healthy planet without a healthy marine ecosystem. We have a choice to make, a choice that we face three times a day. We have a responsibility to stop eating the oceans.

~~ Help Waking Times to raise the vibration by sharing this article with the buttons below…

Tags: , , , ,

Category: Activism, Agriculture, Animals, Community, Earth, Environment, Evolution, Food, Ideas, Society

Comments (5)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Joe Bassett says:

    If you have to feed something it costs more to feed it than product you get from it. Cows that eat grass are far cheaper than grain fed cows. Hogs on the other hand can eat anything. You can feed hogs garbage and they will grow. Chickens can forage for themselves, except in the Winter you have to feed them something. Chickens are the best birds to have. They provide eggs and meat and if they free range they are a lot healthier for you than chickens in the pen.

    • E.Gerrutsen says:

      Very intersting information. Not only is this a fact,but the amount of
      radio-active waste which has been dumped into the oceans by Russia and now by Japan, doesn’t help either. Perhaps it will become too dangerous
      to eat fish in future for health reasons that tishing will have to be suspended.Whether the radio-activity will ever deminish remains to be seen.

  2. J.R. says:

    You need a correction: “The planet may never recover from the environmental devastation wrought by commercial fishing human predation”.

    We’re going to deplete the oceans down to the last plankton, there is virtually no doubt about it now.

  3. mothman777 says:

    Toxic arsenic, lead, leaking barrels of nerve gas from WWI and WWII, and DU ammunition used in naval target practice exercises in seas around the world.

    Farm run off, lethal to river life and marine estuary life.

    Human sewage polluted with all kinds of nasty toxic chemicals.

    Sewage from industrial and chemical plants.

    Many thousands of abandoned seabed oil wells not properly sealed, still leaking oil.

    Add to that plane-loads of lethally toxic Corexit still being dumped in the Gulf of Mexico, ostensibly to dissolve oil that leaked from the BP well. Officially it was sealed off of course, but then again there was more than one oil well involved if you study the numbers on the well heads that are purported to be merely one well head, and official pictures showed just one oil well nicely sealed, but that was not the real oil well that had the (Unstoppable leak).

    Our politicians are lethally selfish, lazy, greedy, gutless incompetents.

    None of this should be happening.

    Vedic government principles forbid the dumping of any type of sewage in rivers and oceans.

  4. Matt says:

    Humans are abyssal parasites. Self-important, vainglorious, geometrically stupid parasites. Efforts of decent individuals/groups of people like Paul Watson are inevitably doomed to failure in the long term due to human civilizations being led into hell by the nose with Psychopathic leadership elites doing the pulling. Humans are incapable of critical thinking/foresight which is the reason why the same mistakes are repeated time and again throughout recorded history and before. Similar to the Xenomorph species from the Aliens movies, Homo Sapiens must be annhilated utterly if the planet is to survive. It sounds horrible but it is truth (Truth being something that Humans find repugnant and so embrace Lies which is a huge factor in the destruction of the oceans)God help inhabited exo-planets if Man makes it into deep space…….

Leave a Reply

Must Watch Videos

Humans of Manufactured Purpose

Humans of Manufactured Purpose













Raghav Bubna, Fractal Enlightenment
Waking Times

Until we are born we don’t have any perception of existence riddling within us, we are lovingly thrust into birth by the biological frivolity of corporeal matter and witness the first moments in our life of purest expression.

As children we interact through experience … More

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Not Just the Bees – Pesticides Wiping Out Birds Too

Not Just the Bees – Pesticides Wiping Out Birds Too













Heather Callaghan, Contributor
Waking Times

Netherlands researchers fear the second coming of Silent Spring.

“Neonicotinoids were always regarded as selective toxins. But our results suggest that they may affect the entire ecosystem,” says Hans de Kroon of Radboud University and co-author of a study recently published in Nature journal.… More

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Importance of Sleep, and the Hazards of “Dream Deprivation”

The Importance of Sleep, and the Hazards of “Dream Deprivation”













Dr. Mercola
Waking Times

Dr. Rubin Naiman, author of Hush: A Book of Bedtime Contemplations, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. As a sleep and dream expert, his focus is how sleeping … More

July 14, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Why Do Scientists Deny Psychic Phenomena?

Why Do Scientists Deny Psychic Phenomena?













Aliston Texeira, Fractal Enlightenment
Waking Times

Even though films like ‘Inception’, ‘Waking Life‘ and more recently, ‘John Dies at the End’ and ‘Now You See Me’ wouldn’t be approachable without assuming the authenticity of unexplainable events, most people, including most scientists, are unaware of the vast abundance of … More

July 12, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
Team of Ecologists Estimate That We Could See Salt-Water Fish Extinction In Just Over 30 Years

Team of Ecologists Estimate That We Could See Salt-Water Fish Extinction In Just Over 30 Years













Marco Torres, Prevent Disease
Waking Times

After analyzing several different kinds of data relating to biodiversity, researchers have stated that overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss will be responsible for a loss of most ocean species by 2048.

That’s when the world’s oceans will be empty of most fish, predicted an … More

July 8, 2014 | By | Reply More

Activism Works

Triumph For Citizens in Florida As Hughes Oil Company Drops Fracking Project

Triumph For Citizens in Florida As Hughes Oil Company Drops Fracking Project













Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog
Waking Times

On Friday morning, Dan A. Hughes Oil Company and the Collier Resources Company agreed to terminate their lease agreement, with the exception of the Collier Hogan 20-3H well, next to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida.

Hughes Oil dropped its plans to drill … More

July 14, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
A Forgotten Community in New Orleans: Life on a Superfund Site

A Forgotten Community in New Orleans: Life on a Superfund Site













Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog
Waking Times

Shannon Rainey lives in a house that was built on top of a Superfund site in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

“I bought my house when I was 25, and thirty years later, I still can’t get out,” she told DeSmogBlog.

Rainey’s … More

June 23, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Wave of GMO Labeling Victories Emboldens Movement to Take Back Food Democracy

Wave of GMO Labeling Victories Emboldens Movement to Take Back Food Democracy













Michele Simon, EcoWatch
Waking Times

The East Coast has been getting most of the attention lately on the state by state effort to label genetically-engineered food. Vermont recently passed a bill and New York State’s bill is now moving. But let’s not forget about the western states, which are also … More

June 11, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Monsanto’s Roundup Found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples

Monsanto’s Roundup Found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples













John Deike, EcoWatch
Waking Times

A new U.S. Geological Survey has concluded that pesticides can be found in, well, just about anything.

Roundup herbicide, Monsanto’s flagship weed killer, was present in 75 percent of air and rainfall test samples, according to the study, which focused on Mississippi’s highly fertile … More

May 27, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
How to Bring Minerals Back Into the Soil and Food Supply

How to Bring Minerals Back Into the Soil and Food Supply













Dr. Mercola
Waking Times

There are now many studies clearly documenting that if you eat processed foods, you’re being exposed to toxic herbicides. These toxic chemicals have been found in everything from breast milk to umbilical cords and placentas.

This of course means that children are now born with a … More

May 26, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More