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Readers of this site, being well informed and educated, won’t be surprised by the recent study of the decline of species in Earth’s oceans. According to the study, so many species of fish and even aquatic mammals are threatened, endangered or in collapse from overfishing and pollution that by 2050 there will be no viable seafood left to harvest.
“Unless we fundamentally change the way we manage all the oceans species together, as working ecosystems, then this century is the last century of wild seafood”
The environment is under increasing strain, and fewer politicians have any will to address the issues. Worse, some have actively attempted to hasten the process. Allow me to introduce Dick Pombo, who made Rolling Stone’s top 10 list of the Worst US Congressmen. You may not have heard about Dick, or his ironic legislation, the “Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act” which would have phased out all protection for threatened wildlife by 2015. Republicans like him have hobbled the Environmental Protection Agency and reversed decades of regulations. And their schemes go relatively unnoticed because the majority of the US voting public has no interest in environmental issues. It’s just not a hot button anymore
Maybe studies like this one are too alarmist, too shocking to provoke any response but disbelief. Maybe humans are too shortsighted or narrowminded to truly understand a concept this big. It’s arguable that it doesn’t matter anymore. We may already have passed the point of no return. It would take a synchronized global effort, and many unpleasant sacrifices, to change course now. And noone seems to be in the mood for such efforts.
Enjoy your seafood. But spend a second pondering what you are going to tell your grandkids that fish tastes like.