This short film, from Ocean2012, highlights some of the problems facing our oceans. With over 1 billion people, largely in developing countries, relying on fish as their main source of protein, we can’t afford to lose this precious lifeline.

Since this short film was produced, a new Common Fisheries Policy has been agreed, which will see an end to the practice of discarding fish. But there’s still a long way to go if we are to keep enjoying fish for years to come.

At first glance, fish farms may appear to be one solution. However, many fish are carnivorous and it can take up to three times as much wild fish to produce one farmed fish. It’s clear that the figures don’t stack up. This is also a distraction from the real issue of protecting what we already have, our oceans, which not only provide us with food, but are also an important source of biodiversity and play a role in sequestering carbon, by absorbing more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide that humans produce.

So what can be done to end overfishing? With a significant portion of our money being spent on government policy, it’s up to us to make our voices heard in government, so that the right decisions can be made. For more information, visit www.ocean2012.eu

Photograph by Kiks Balayon

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