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Ways to Protect the Environment

Sustainable Fishing
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 Sustainable Fishing

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What is sustainable fishing?

Anyone who has eaten a tuna fish sandwich can tell you that ocean is an important and delicious source of nourishment. 'Shellfish,' or marine invertebrates such as shrimp, crabs, lobsters, clams, oysters, and mussels, are delicious, healthy foods that are high in protein and low in fat. True fish such as tuna, cod, and salmon, are also high in protein. Many fish are excellent sources of healthy fats and oils which are necessary to keep our brains, hearts and circulatory systems functioning properly.

Fish and shellfish can continue to be an important and healthy food source for humans, but only if they are harvested properly. Unfortunately, many of the current ways that fish and shellfish are caught can be destructive to both marine habitats and the marine food chain. The following websites provides a good overview of different ways to catch fish and shellfish, as well as information about raising and farming fish, a process called aquaculture.

Why is sustainable fishing important?

Sustainable fishing is important and helps to maintain a healthy aquatic ecosystem. The term "sustainable fishing" defines fishing practices that do not harm the population of fish being caught or other species of animals living in the same area. Sustainable fishing practices protect the physical environment in which fish live.

Research Links Related to Sustainable Fishing:

 Species Affected by Sustainable
  Harp Seal
Hawaiian Monk Seal
Common Dolphin
Leatherback Turtle
Loggerhead Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Harbor Porpoise
Gray Seal
Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

 Activities Related to Sustainable
  Sustainable Seafood
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Nice activity from NMS to make students aware of overfishing issues, can be modified for no internet access fee by printing hard copies.

 Other Resources Related to Sustainable
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The effects of eutrophication are discussed in this 6 minute presentation

Saving Crop Diversity
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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault will store a backup collection of the worlds seeds to save crop diversity.

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