"All the Atlantic cod fisheries in Canada were to be closed except for one in southwestern Nova Scotia, and strict quotas were placed on other ground species. Canadian cod was not yet biologically extinct, but it was commercially extinct-so rare that it could no longer be considered commercially viable. Just three years short of the 500-year anniversary of the reports of Cabot's men scooping up cod in baskets, it was over. Fishermen had caught them all."
~ Cod, by Mark Kurlansky (pg. 186)
Sources (from Top to Bottom): Whale Images; Alaska Fishing; File Transit; NOAA
We are scientists developing the best possible solution to save global fish populations and marine ecosystems from collapse and provide sustainable global fishing. We must speak for the fish and the solution above all else: while our solution focuses on saving the oceans, it will be debated, altered, and implemented by political figures with the needs of humanity as a priority. Thus, a solution that is ocean-centered will be implemented to balance the needs of both oceans and humans. However, it is important to keep in mind that while we place our focus on fish, preserving fish populations and ecosystems will ultimately benefit humanity the most and is therefore universally desirable.
The Problem and the Solution
The use of overly efficient fishing technology, the lack of sufficient scientific data regarding the oceans, the ignorance and apathy of humanity, and the insufficient implementation of existing maritime agreements is resulting in a decrease in the biodiversity of the ocean, changes to ocean chemistry, changes in the genetic makeup of marine populations, disturbances to food webs, collapse of fish stocks, and irreparable damage to marine ecosystems, the fishing industry, and all people dependent on fish.
Our solution is to stop the degradation of marine ecosystems and global fisheries by ending overfishing, setting aside marine reserves, and developing alternatives to fish to meet the nutritional needs of the international populace.
We will implement this solution through an eclectic and socially sensitive educational campaign, international diplomatic measures, and the promotion of healthy ecosystems through sustainable fishing as described on the pages listed under "A Better Way."
Sources (Left to Right): Elbert County School District South Atlantic Fishery Management Council