- Approximately 40% of the global population relies on fish for food.
- Nearly 90% of the world’s marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited, or depleted.
- Around 40% of all animals caught in fishing nets are discarded (bycatch). This includes dolphins, sharks, turtles, and seabirds. This is a direct result from industrialized techniques (think really large nets!).
- Amazingly, we now produce more fish from aquaculture (which is basically fish farming) than from catching fish naturally in the ocean. For real, check out this chart.
In spite of all this, many of the worlds leaders are not taking this seriously enough. So investors need to step up and lead the charge.
- What you eat: Food is one of the easiest ways we can have a direct impact on the ocean. As often as possible, try to reduce the amount of fish you eat. And when you do eat fish, do your best to consume it sustainably. This tool from Seafood Watch is great/easy for your phone, so you can bust it out at restaurants and the grocery store.
- Make easy adjustments: For example, when you feel like eating fish, go for bivalves (oysters, mussels, sea urchin, etc) instead of fish. Many ocean experts agree that bivalves are a great way for people to consume seafood sustainably and humanely. This is due to their low-impact on the oceans.
- Consider plant-based options: there are more and more companies offering great alternatives to seafood. Check out: Good Catch, The Plant Based Seafood Co., Gardein, New WaveFoods, Worthington, Sophie’s Kitchen, and more.
- Project Vesta: using controlled environment weathering to reverse climate change.
- Climate Foundation: regenerating life in our seas and soils.
- Sea Shepherd: policing the worlds oceans.
- Ghost Gear Initiative: helping to rid the world of lost & abandoned fish gear that pollute oceans and kill countless marine life unnecessarily every year.
- Surfrider Foundation: dedicated to protecting the worlds oceans through plastic clean-up, ocean protection, coastal preservation, and clean water.
- Coral Reef Alliance: dedicated to saving the worlds coral reefs.