The right move for overfishing in Australia

by mirufdd on April 18, 2018 - 8:04pm

In his article from The Guardian, Dermot O’Gorman, CEO of “World Wildlife Fund Australia”, wanted to share his successful projections concerning the problem of overfishing. Seeing, the urgent need in seafood business, the country decided to take actions into their own hands. Indeed, studies showed that a huge range of marine species were declining in numbers. Ocean ecosystems were in danger because of the overfishing and the dangerous fishing practices. As the demand in seafood increase, the offer is lowering rapidly. Fishermen of the Pacific Islands would have a hard time bringing seafood back leading to difficulties to feed their families and being capable to have a stable income. However, an example of type of fish who was still abundant but eyed by foreign nations was tuna. In response to that, they created the “WWF’s first regional tuna fisheries program” with the intention of reducing the overfishing problem and promoting a safer way to fish the tuna. Half a decade after the installation of this program, we can see that more than half of the cans of tuna in Australia are credibly certified. For the Pacific Islands, better technologies and behaviors throughout fishing helped their economic situation. Thanks to this movement, smarter fishing ways could spread across the world improving the overfishing problem. 

I am proud to have found and read a positive article for once. In my opinion, when we talk about the environment and its issuses, it is always negative. Maybe it doesn’t help, only seeing and hearing the huge quantities of bad we are doing to our planet. We must think that these negative actions are so big that we cannot do anything about it. However, presenting more positive stories could help the perspective of people and lead them to take actions in their turn. The overfishing situation of Australia and Pacific Islands is a good example to lean on and to get inspire by. We might think that our ocean is endless but sooner or later it’s going to hit us that it is not. 

O’Gorman, D. (February 15th, 2016) Overfishing is a big threat to humanity as it is our oceans. The Guardian.Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/feb/16/overfishing-is-as-big-a-threat-to-humanity-as-it-is-to-our-oceans

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