Sustainable fisheries is one of three topics -- along with marine pollution and ocean acidification -- that will be discussed at the U.S. Department of State's "Our Ocean Conference" on June 16. Why? Many of the world’s fish stocks are being fished at levels that are not sustainable in the long term. Of the world’s marine fisheries for which reasonable data exist, an estimated 30 percent are overexploited, while another 57 percent cannot support expanded harvest and require effective management to avoid decline.
Overfishing harms the ecology of the oceans, while also reducing the long-term potential of fish stocks to provide food and jobs for the future. Harmful fishing practices have unintended impacts on species of birds, marine mammals, sea turtles, and non-target fish stocks. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing further undermines fisheries management worldwide, particularly in developing countries. The conference will explore these challenges and seek to identify solutions to address them.
No matter where one lives, we all depend on our ocean for the food we eat and the air we breathe. You can help create a healthier ocean and planet. One way to do so is to make sure your seafood is caught in a sustainable manner. Learn how you can take action on this issue and read more about the conference at www.state.gov/ourocean.
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