Overfishing has been a drastically increasing issue around the world for over a decade. With the advancements in boat and industrial technology, and the higher demand for seafood, the fish populations of the world have been more than cut in half due to the amount of fish being caught in order to satisfy the consumer markets, putting them in danger of extinction or endangerment. Finding different sustainable practices in food production are of highest importance especially when considering the wild populations of many fish species.
What is sustainability?
Sustainability means finding a way to meet the needs of the present, while maintaining a symbiotic relationship between humans and nature, without compromising the needs of future generations. Sustainability of the oceans and the fish populations have been largely impacted by the food, retail, and tourist industries of the world’s major nations; but recent developments in aquaculture and aquaponics, as well as new ocean sustainability legislature and policy, are giving fish populations the chance to reestablish themselves.
One of the industry’s fastest growing sustainable practice we’ve created over time was the implementation of aquaculture facilities, or fish farms, to breed and harvest fish and other ocean organisms like coral reefs and plants in large quantities where variables can be controlled to produce the best products for the market. Fish farms or fisheries are heavily relied on for supplying consumers and the restocking and replenishing of fish populations in lakes, ponds, and the ocean. The increased use of farm-raised fish will give the wild populations time to replenish. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), aquaculture already provides more than half of the fish that are consumed globally.
Finding sustainable methods for meeting the consumer demands is one of the most important tools to helping keep the environment as well as the wildlife happy and healthy.