Main Page - Coastal Wiki 10 Ways to Help Save the Ocean Meghan MacGillivray, Sarah Bedolfe, and Sarah Wilson | October 08 2012 The ocean is massive, and a lot of the problems facing it are too. It can feel overwhelming to look at these issues. Here are a few things that you and I can do, on an individual level, to help make change. Eat Sustainable Seafood: Overfishing is a global problem, and many common fishing and farming methods result in major habitat damage or large amounts of bycatch – other species are caught unintentionally and are often thrown back dead. Use a seafood guide when ordering or purchasing to help make sustainable (and delicious!)
Dolphin safe label The concept of dolphin-safe tuna labeling originates in the United States. The labels have become increasingly controversial since their introduction, particularly among sustainability groups in the U.S. Various dolphin-safe labels are used to denote compliance with various laws or policies designed to minimize dolphin fatalities during fishing for tuna destined for canning. Some labels impose stricter requirements than others. According to the U.S. Background Dolphins are a common by-catch in tuna fisheries, especially in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean, as they commonly swim with schools of yellowfin tuna. Dolphins do not associate with Skipjack tuna and this species is most likely to be truly "dolphin safe". However, the species of tuna is not always mentioned on the can. Criticism Definition In a 2008 report, Greenpeace notes dolphin-safe labels may make consumers believe the relevant tuna is environmentally friendly. Pricing Non-dolphin bycatch
Make a Difference - The Safina Center Make a Difference This is the good news — it’s not too late to save the oceans. There are constructive and very real things that you can do to be part of the solution. Here are 15 ways to make a difference. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 1. Spending time in, on or near the ocean is a great way to gain the inspiration that will ultimately fuel your actions. Back to Top 2. Tell everyone about your love of the oceans. 3. A great way to save the oceans is to directly support organizations like Blue Ocean who have made it their business to understand current issues and promote solutions. At Blue Ocean Institute, a contribution of any size is greatly appreciated. We are a small yet influential group and your gift goes a long way toward saving the ocean. 4. Show your support of efforts big and small, regional to international, to expand marine reserves that protect valuable and threatened marine species and habitats. 5. Climate change spells big trouble for ocean life. 6. 7. 8.
McDonald's ocean rescue: Sea change or greenwash? 6 October 2011Last updated at 08:19 By Kate Forbes BBC News Experts seem to think the little blue label can have a big impact Think of your most ethical friends. The ones who order organic or fairtrade. Would they be seen in McDonald's? Europe, and the UK in particular, is increasingly seen as a place where being greener is good business sense. Campaigns by various organisations and celebrity chefs have raised awareness of sustainable food, and the latest company to sit up and take notice is the fast-food giant McDonald's. From this month, all of McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches sold in Europe will now bear a label from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a British environmental watchdog, certifying that the fish used was caught in a sustainable way. In plain English? And each one will carry a label on the box to tell us so - much like fairtrade-certified coffee, or beef from cattle raised on land that does not threaten the rainforest. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Big Food
Perspectives on Ocean Health | WorldFish Stories In the developing world, more than one billion poor people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 250 million depend on fishing and aquaculture for their livelihoods. However, with wild fish stocks under increasing stress from climate change, pollution, overfishing and other factors, effectively managing the sustainability of the oceans has never been more important. The Economist’s World Oceans Summit (22-24 February 2012) brought together experts and leaders to examine how the increasing activity in and around the oceans can be sustainably managed and what this means for those who depend on the oceans for food and income. "Bringing together divergent points of view to debate, discuss and deconstruct some of the opportunities, myths and rhetoric on the oceans is essential if we are to develop a clear and collective path forward,” said Dr. Global demand for fish, especially in the developing world, is increasing.
Sea Shepherd Blue Frontier Campaign The oceans, and the challenges they face, are so vast that it’s easy to feel powerless to protect them. 50 Ways to Save the Ocean focuses on practical, easily-implemented actions everyone can take to protect and conserve this vital resource: what fish should and should not be eaten; how and where to vacation; storm drains and driveway run-off; protecting local water tables; proper diving, surfing, and tide pool etiquette; and supporting local marine education. 50 Ways also looks at what can be done to stir the waters of seemingly daunting issues such as toxic pollutant runoff; protecting wetlands and sanctuaries; keeping oil rigs off shore; saving reef environments; and replenishing fish reserves. This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in learning how to make his or her life more ocean friendly. It is also a fun book for the classroom that can be used to educate children about their impact on the 71% of our blue planet. Books at a Discount Buy 10 or more and save 60%. 1.
Overfishing 101: How Ocean Fish Populations are Managed in the U.S. – National Geographic News Watch In the second post of a special series to mark the 35th anniversary of the U.S. Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, a law that is helping to rebuild America’s depleted ocean fish populations and ensure their long-term sustainability, Lee Crockett looks at some of the basics of why all Americans should care about how our fish are managed. By Lee Crockett Fish are an essential component of life in the world’s oceans, with the state of their populations serving as a bellwether of the health of ocean life overall. Unfortunately, many species around the world are in trouble. Pollution, habitat destruction and overfishing (removing fish from the ocean faster than they can reproduce) have impoverished our oceans. All too often the discussion around the issue of overfishing has been limited to a small group of stakeholders such as fishermen, conservationists and scientists. Understanding Overfishing Footnotes: [ii] U.N. [iii] M.J. [iv] NMFS, “2010 Status of U.S.
10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean -- National Geographic 1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, and bundle up or use a fan to avoid oversetting your thermostat. 2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. 3. Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. 4. Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. 5. Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. 6. Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. 7. 8. 9. 10.
The Magazine - A Fish Story May/June 2012A Fish Story How an angler and two government bureaucrats may have saved the Atlantic Ocean. By Alison Fairbrother On a balmy afternoon in late summer, Jim Price reaches into the body cavity of a striped bass and pulls out a spleen. Jerry is two decades younger, with bristly whiskers, a butcher’s smock, and a John Deere cap. Price slides his finger along the stomach lining, a look of anticipation creasing his face. Price is a lifelong striped bass fisherman with no formal training as a scientist. Price began his study years ago when it became increasingly evident to him that the striped bass in the Chesapeake were quite literally starving. Local sport fishermen are happy to help Price by leaving him the bones and innards of their catch, because his work confirms what anglers up and down the Atlantic coast know from direct experience: the menhaden are disappearing. Like any good mystery, this one has a prime suspect. The operation is high-tech.