Our friend and wildlife conservationist, Srikanth Mannepuri, posted pictures of one morning’s fish catch in a small coastal town.
It shows the reality that it’s only a matter of time for us to be left with empty seas, if we don’t make responsible changes and prioritize our oceans and marine life.
Check out these photos …
Overfishing is when more fish is caught than the population can reproduce and it causes a majorly negative effect on the biodiversity of marine animals.
According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 39% of marine species have decreased over the last 40 years. This, along with pollution caused by plastics and oil spills, create a huge threat to the ocean’s ecosystem.
Overfishing degrades these ecosystems. It can change the size of remaining fish … as well as how they reproduce. When there is a drastic change in population, it creates an imbalance that can erode the food web and lead to drastic loss of marine life.
Irresponsible fishing also threatens economies. If fish disappear, it will negatively impact communities dependent on fishing jobs.
At Karmagawa and SaveTheReef, we’re letting our community know about these problems so that more people are educated. The demand for seafood is driving overexploitation and environmental degradation … and we need to make responsible decisions so that fish populations have time to recover.
Also … please spread our information so that your friends and family are kept aware.
Have them watch this powerful video …
The director of this video, Amir Zakeri, created a masterclass for anyone in the Karmagawa and SaveTheReef community who would like to tell visual stories about the causes they care about. If you’re interested, here’s 50% off.
What do you think about the problem of overfishing and its effect on our oceans? Leave a comment below.
(Cover image: Richard Whitcombe/Shutterstock)