Published on June 5th, 2014 | by admin
There Are Not Always Plenty More Fish In The Sea
When it comes to awareness of steps we can take to save the planet, World Environment Day is the most important day in the calendar. The theme for 2014 is ‘Raise Your Voice, Not The Sea Level.’
Organised by the United Nations annually on 5th June since 1972, World Environment Day aims to create global awareness and encourage each and every one of us to take steps that will protect the environment.
One of the challenges we face on a global scale relates to preserving the diverse marine life which populate our waters around the world. As a snapshot which touches upon the issues at stake, we learn that at least 7.3 million tons of marine life is unintentionally caught by fishing gear every year across the globe.
That’s why here at the Post Office Shop we are focusing on the plight of a number of fishing species under threat which are commonly found in UK waters. It is apt that some of these sustainable and endangered species have been illustrated with the issue of a presentation pack which is available from today, highlighting the fight for survival facing some of our fish species.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, over 70% of the world’s fish stocks are either fully exploited or depleted due to overfishing. Indeed marine ecologists think that overfishing is the biggest single threat to marine ecosystems meaning that well-used phrased there are ‘plenty more fish in the sea’ doesn’t always hold true.
Threatened species we should be aware of that are under threat include Common Skate, Wolfish, Conger Eel, Sturgeon and Spiny Dogfish.
As a viable alternative to these species under threat highlighted above, sustainable fish in vogue which we are being encouraged to seek out as our local supermarket or fish mongers include Pouting, Herring, Dab, Cornish Sardine and Red Gurnard.
So as far as we’re concerned the well-used phrase that there are ‘plenty more fish in the sea’ certainly doesn’t always hold true.