Save The Planet in 7 Surf-Related Steps

Clean living Nate Tyler lives off the grid in a yurt, yet at times still must confront the evil spectre of modern industrial filth. Morro Bay power plant,CA. Photo:Burkard

5. Shun Industrial Fishing

The journal Science published a four-year study in November 2006, which predicted that, at prevailing trends, the world would run out of wild-caught seafood in 2048. This is a worry. Currently, as little as 10% of many commercial species stocks exist, compared with 1950’s levels.

What can you do? Well, you can try only eating fish you caught, or fish caught by someone you know. Now that is great if you are lucky enough to be able to pull it off, but in practical terms, may be unrealistic. Not everybody lives at the coast, of those that do, not everyone can hold their breath for five minutes like Mark Healey, or spend hours holding a rod. So at the very least, if you must buy fish, buy responsibly, eating fish caught by non-industrial methods. Trawling? Evil. Purse Seining? Evil. Go for the line caught option. Does it come from another part of the world? Don’t buy it. Does it come from industrial fishing practices? Don’t buy it. It’s only a trillion dollar industry because the consumer creates demand. Take away the demand, the little guys (and big guys) swim free in the big blue, the seabed is alive and everyone’s happier. Everyone, especially the next generation of kids we’re about to tell you to not have…

Which fish are okay to eat? Click to enlarge!


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