Apr 17, 2013

Sustainability of the World’s Ocean Fishes

Research studies have shown that the population of fishes presents in our ocean today is just 10 percent the number they were before the boom in industrialization. This means that they are currently under pressure, and scientists have warned that by 2050, the fisheries could collapse significantly.

Although large populations of fishes have demonstrated the ability to recover, especially when managed properly; there is need to enforce regulations that protect fishes from excessive fishing and ensure their sustainability.

EU fishing quota : Fishermen in Spain

To contribute to the sustainability of fishes, it has to start with providing more information to the consumers. By identifying fishes properly via tracking, from the ocean to the plate, the consumers will be able to know where and when fish was caught.

Also, by tracking, fishes can be labeled properly so that the consumers have the choice over the kind of fish they want to eat. Sustainability can really be maintained when we know where fishes come from and exactly how it was caught.

Take for instance, a fish that was caught about 30 days ago and one that was caught just yesterday are both called ‘fresh fishes’ by a fish seller.

When consumers understand the importance of eating only the really ‘fresh fishes’, and also understand its distribution, then the fishing process will gradually become more sustainable.

To achieve this, a tracking technology could help answer some sustainability questions such as: was the fish caught using a fish aggregating device, and how legal was the catch?

With that, the sustainability of fishes in our ocean can begin to be taken more seriously.

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