The need for awareness is crucial. To change the check I propose we first change the minds of consumers by pushing for more ads in social media about the effects of over fishing and relaying “safe” fish to eat in our stores.
- Bycatch kills. The catching of non-target fish causes stress to the unwanted fish that can lead to death. Tons of fish are thrown back into the ocean as waste.
- The use of gill nets, long-lines, purse seines, and bottom trawlers catches millions of fish. Use technology to change fishing practices and laws. http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/fish/commercial-fishing/
- Make use of what fish is “safe” to eat readily available to the consumer http://www.seafoodwatch.org/-/m/sfw/pdf/guides/mba-seafoodwatch-central-guide.pdf?la=en If these lists are presented to the consumer, it could lead to better choices and change overfishing practices in the long run.
- Implementing education in elementary schools to teach the importance of the oceans in land locked states. This would “catch ‘em while they’re young” and promote more environmentally conscience adults in the future.