Things you can do to save our ocean’s animals!
Last week we looked at the devastating impact of commercial fishing on our oceans and its marine life. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do to make a positive change for our ocean friends!
- Get to know your food – If you make the choice to eat seafood, do your research on where your food comes from and how it is fished.
Many marine animals that are fished for human consumption, particularly tuna, are done so at the expense of the lives of many other marine species, such as seals, dolphins and tortoises.
- Cut down on seafood – You can ease the enormous demand for seafood by choosing other protein-rich foods which are great for you and do not contain fish products including lentils, beans, veggies and tofu.
Remember, so much seafood is wasted and thrown out each day. Think about the impact that overfishing is having on other animals, and give a thought about the animal you have chosen to eat.
- Choose sustainability – When purchasing seafood, look out for those that are certified as being sustainably fished. If you eat tuna, choose ‘pole and line’ caught tuna, rather than tuna caught using larger scale fishing methods like trawlers. A great source of information is the Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide.
- Spread the word to your friends – Never underestimate the power of word of mouth in the bid to inform others! Talk to your family, friends and peers and generate as much awareness as possible about this important issue.
There is still so much mystery surrounding the depths of our oceans, but one thing at least can be certain – our choices and actions make a very serious impact on the lives of the ocean’s creatures, and that is enough reason for us to care very deeply and seriously about their lives, interests and fate.
And remember – we all have the capacity to be kind – even these swans!
Check out these other great resources and get informed today!
Greenpeace – List of marine species to avoid – Red list
The Australian Marine Conservation Society website
Sustainable Table – Printable pocket sustainable seafood guide