Stop Overfishing Now…

January 31, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

I seem to be continuing in a bit of an eco-political mood at the moment, with a brilliant example of animated graphic art catching my eye…

This very stylish video, made by the German Design studio UHS (where you’ll find lots of other very cool stuff) explains in a beautifully simple and clear way how overfishing will potentially empty our oceans within the next 50 years and was made as part of last years Ocean 2012 campaign to raise awareness of the issue, reform EU Fishing Policy and bring about an end to destructive fishing practices.

Having been a vegetarian for the last 25 years or so, and having not eaten any fish at all since I was about 8, this of course doesn’t apply to me, which means I can appreciate the stunning graphics and inventive storyline without guilt or worry…

If only it were that simple, some of the numbers in this presentation are very, very scary…

  • estimated 90% drop in fish stocks over the last 60 years
  • fishing nets with openings greater than 23,000 sqm
  • 9kg of fish are thrown back for every 1kg of shrimp caught (i.e. 90% of the catch is thrown away)
  • 5kg of captured wild fish are needed to feed every 1kg of farmed salmon
  • 10,000 tonnes/ year (recommended scientific limit for catches of blue fin tuna to allow sustainable stocks) 29,500 t/y (EU Fisheries agreed limit)  61,000 t/y (the actual amount caught)

To my mind it comes down to thinking about what you eat and asking yourself where it came from and how it got to be on your plate…

  1. January 31, 2013 at 19:49

    We saw ‘The End Of The Line’ about two years ago – it mentions much of what is said here and expands on it. Here’s the ink

    People are so shortsighted.

  2. February 1, 2013 at 00:53

    Reblogged this on msamba.

  3. February 28, 2013 at 08:36

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