Gathering the Ocean
In the past half-century, an alarming number of the world’s fish populations has collapsed: tuna, swordfish, snapper, grouper, cod, halibut, wild salmon, sea bass, and orange roughy. Exacerbating the problem, the large nets that the global fishing industry typically use to trawl the world’s oceans also have a deleterious effect on coral reefs. Since reefs provide ecosystems to many of the fish that we eat, the fish populations disappear even faster. Is there a better way forward? Marine biologists Sylvia Earle and David Guggenheim discuss what not to do when harvesting ocean wildlife.
Image courtesy of theU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Pacific Region; Recorded June 2010; Posted September 2010