Tuesday 21st August is Fish Dependence Day. If the UK were to consume only its own fish, we would run out today. Having exhausted our own fish stocks as a nation, we need to import seafood from elsewhere, according to a report from the New Economics Foundation & Oceans2012.
The data on all 27 EU members in the 2012 Fish Dependence report shows the estimated degree of self sufficiency, and therefore lack of fish, for each country. According to United Nations estimates, over 70% of the world's stocks are fully exploited, overexploited or significantly depleted. Stocks are being overfished before they have a chance to recover and many once-common species, such as skates, eels and sharks, are critically endangered, according to the International Union of Conservation of Nature.
Simon Cripps, Chief Executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Our seas and sea life have declined dramatically in the last few centuries, with overfishing and unsustainable fishing methods identified as among the biggest problems facing the world’s oceans. Whilst there are many recommendations for fisheries managers to consider, there is one thing that we can all do something about choose the seafood we buy carefully so that we do not support over-fishing.”
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Great Dorset Seafood campaign recommends seafood that is fresh and locally caught, using more selective capture methods by fishermen who look after the stocks year on year. Dr Cripps added: “These inshore fishing practices are sensitive to the environment and provide high quality seafood. By buying seafood from supporting retailers listed on the Great Dorset Seafood directory we can all help the marine environment.”
For more information about the Great Dorset Seafood campaign, click here. You can also follow Great Dorset Seafood on Twitter @GtDorsetSeafood.
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For more information please contact Simon Cripps at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620 or 07500 104759.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
Dorset coast at Kimmeridge Bay N HOAR
SCALLOP by Emma Rance
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