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1  Topics / Overfishing / Re: documentaries on: July 19, 2012, 11:21:45 AM
I love this one:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2nQQnY7I2I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2nQQnY7I2I</a>

And on http://vimeo.com/42852715
2  Topics / Overfishing / Re: documentaries on: June 25, 2012, 21:30:26 PM
Your question motivated me to finally (the page was almost done for over a year...) put a page with a number of documentaries and movies on fisheries and overfishing issues online at http://overfishing.org/pages/Documentaries_about_overfish.php

If you happen to find any other good ones (including short videos, there must be more good ones) I'd be grateful if you can link them here so I can include them.
3  General / General Discussion / Re: Mapping extinct marine animals on: June 20, 2012, 10:33:21 AM
Here is a list of of extinct fish that you can add look at


Some of the stuff i found was pretty interesting. I looked up on of them "Blue Pike" (Also haves a different name) and it told my on wiki of its history. You should check the link.

Thanks :-) I might make another layer for this (when time permits..).
4  Topics / Overfishing / Re: documentaries on: June 20, 2012, 10:18:55 AM

There are a number of documentaries and movies on overfishing and emptying our oceans. Here is a top ten list of best ocean and or overfishing documentaries (in no particular order) ;-)

  • Sandgrains, about overfishing in the Cape Verdi's @ http://sandgrains.matchboxmedia.org/index.php
  • End of the Line @ http://endoftheline.com/film
  • Empty Oceans, Empty Nets @ http://www.pbs.org/emptyoceans/
  • Farming the seas @ http://www.pbs.org/emptyoceans/
  • Darwins Nightmare @ http://www.darwinsnightmare.com/

What's the festival called?

5  General / General Discussion / Re: Looking for information on: May 31, 2012, 18:29:51 PM
The therd link is broken (does not work) the other information will be quite usfull. yes ill post it when im done. 
So, are you done already? :-)
6  General / General Discussion / Re: Looking for information on: May 07, 2012, 10:58:30 AM
Hi Threae,

What fishes are in danger depends a bit on where you are (there's both local and global overfishing). Bluefin tuna is probably the most "iconic" global one but there are more. You can get a pretty good idea from the various good fish lists (see http://overfishing.org/pages/guide_to_good_fish.php).

Some good data can be found on the FAO SOFIA website @ http://www.fao.org/fishery/sofia/en and http://www.fao.org/fishery/en

This study has some good maps showing decline in spawning mass over the years (decades) in the North Atlantic. Rather stunning visuals: http://www.ubc.caarchive/members/dpauly/journalarticles/2003/hundredyeardeclinenorthatlanticfishes.pdf

I put some visuals @ http://overfishing.org/pages/Teaching_Materials.php Maybe they are useful for your project.

Hope this helps a bit. Can you post the flash video here when it's done?

1. List about what fishes are endanger. (Preference common products we use but does not be)
2. Estimate when they will be gone. (optional)
3. Data that i can make a graph
4. Anything else that might be useful.

7  General / General Discussion / Re: Thank you! on: May 20, 2011, 14:27:14 PM
Hah :-) You're welcome! Care to share the written speech?

And thanks for the loony reference  Roll Eyes
8  General / General Discussion / Re: The best way for High school kids on: March 29, 2011, 16:40:20 PM
Ah, a big talk?

I don't have much to add, unless you have specific questions?
9  General / General Discussion / Re: The best way for High school kids on: March 05, 2011, 11:47:16 AM
Hi Shanna :-)

Sylvia Earle is a rather inspiring person indeed.

You have a good question. The rational answer argument is really simple: don't eat fish if you don't want to help killing off our oceans. But in the real world it is a bit more complicated of course...

I believe the best way to encourage people to do anything is first to make them aware of the issue; what is happening, how will it affect them and how are they affecting the issue. Not by being pedantic, but by being clear and open.

If there are some things that we don't know or that are being debated: be open about that, but do point out that it is better to be safe than sorry:
  • With fisheries a lot of things are said by all parties involved: fishermen are sometimes saying there has never been as much fish as today, scientists are saying the opposite (but don't get in the news with that), and the government setting the catch limits ends up setting them in the middle... This is one of the biggest issues with fisheries management; you think it's ok because the "independent management body" says so, but it still isn't because the go for the middle way.
  • Precautionary principle (link)

After people are at least a bit aware of the issue you can offer them solutions where they can be a part of: first of all they can try being a knowledgeable consumer: with a "good fish cards" (link) it makes it much more easy to make a smart choice when buying fish. Alternatively: not eating fish at all makes it even more easy Wink

Have you thought about giving a short presentation on the topic? If so you can use this: http://overfishing.org/pages/Overfishing_in_one_minute.php (there is a powerpoint version as well)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but pescetarians are vegetarians that eat fish (or fish oil), molluscs and crustaceans because they believe the omega-3 etc in these is necessary for their health? To them you can point out that there are very good alternatives for that. And these are proven alternatives as well; traditionally many people around the world have no fish at all in their diet, and they generally did ok.

It will be nice if you can "report back" and tell how it went :-)
10  General / General Discussion / Re: Mapping extinct marine animals on: December 06, 2010, 19:14:19 PM
Updated with more information on the Labrador Duck. It's also added to the overfishing teaching materials page.
11  Topics / Overfishing / Re: Call for cut in Mediterranean tuna fisheries on: December 06, 2010, 08:39:56 AM
Possibly work for GreenPeace or the latter. Grin

I can assure you that working for GP is a good idea Smiley
12  Topics / Overfishing / Re: Call for cut in Mediterranean tuna fisheries on: November 16, 2010, 17:55:52 PM
Hey Rage Guy! Welcome to the forum. It's not so active, as most people seem to ask questions by email instead of via this forum... bit annoying  Undecided

If I may ask so; what college studies are you using this website for?

Regarding the jobs: I fully agree that people need jobs and that the fishing industry is providing them to some, but there is something interesting to it. Quite often the highly industrialized fishing vessels (factory or semi-factory vessels) actually don't create that many jobs. Often they just move jobs to lower-quality (but higher profiting) ones, or they take jobs from one country and move them to another. I'm not saying that "small scale artisan" fisheries are always amazing, but that's a different discussion Grin

This is a rather interesting article on that (a quote from http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/afrec/vol16no1/161fish.htm)
Critics charge that what makes EU fishing agreements with African countries particularly harmful is that they bring in highly subsidized, commercial fleets to compete with poor, local artisan fishermen, who almost always have no access to official aid programmes. The subsidized boats, often much bigger and boasting superior equipment, are designed to catch more than those belonging to small-scale fishermen.

In Senegal, small-scale fishermen rely on a low-technology approach marked by low financial investments and a large workforce. There are 60,000 small-scale fishermen who bring in more than 70 per cent of the total volume of fish consumed locally. As fish become scarcer, the fishermen are travelling farther out to sea. Those unable to keep up with the competition from the larger boats resort to supplying the European and Asian boats instead, notes AEFJN. In some cases, the AEFJN charges, foreign vessels use local fishermen to gain access to coastal areas they are prohibited from under the fishing agreements.
13  Topics / Fisheries / Documentry of West African illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing on: October 05, 2010, 15:48:18 PM
Illegal fishing operations - also known as "pirate fishing" - off the coast of West Africa are a serious threat to regional fish stocks and the livelihoods of local fishermen.

Greenpeace and the Environmental Justice Foundation investigate and take action.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZeiGGxvTYc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZeiGGxvTYc</a>
14  Topics / Fisheries / Human impacts on the deep seafloor on: September 17, 2010, 13:49:50 PM
Scientists have for the first time estimated the physical footprint of human activities on the deep seafloor of the North East Atlantic. The findings published in the journal PLoS ONE reveal that the area disturbed by bottom trawling commercial fishing fleets exceeds the combined physical footprint of other major human activities considered.

The deep seafloor covers approximately 60% of Earth’s surface, but only a tiny fraction of it has been studied to date. Yet as technology advances and resources from relatively shallow marine environments are depleted, human impacts on the deep seafloor are likely to increase.

“Information on the location and spatial extent of human activities affecting the deep-sea environment is crucial for conservation of seafloor ecosystems and for governance and sustainable management of the world’s oceans,” said Angela Benn of the National Oceanography Centre, who led the new study.

The researchers focused on the OSPAR maritime area of the North East Atlantic, where human activities are particularly intense. The area covers over eleven million square kilometres, about 75 percent of which is deeper than 200 metres, and includes important fishing grounds such as those of Hatton and Rockall.

Using available data for the year 2005, they mapped and estimated the spatial extent of intentional human activities occurring directly on the seafloor as well as structures and artefacts present on the seafloor resulting from past activities.

They looked exclusively at the physical footprint rather than the consequential ecological effects of disturbance, contamination and pollution, which are harder to ascertain. One difficulty that they faced was that of accessing data on human activities that was accurate, up to date and comprehensive, and in a suitable format for analysis.

“Some governments, public organisations and private companies were far more forthcoming with information than others,” explained Benn. “Significant improvements are needed in data collection and availability, and this requirement needs to be built into international conventions and treaties with a legal framework in place to ensure informed environmental management.”

Despite difficulties and various uncertainties, the researchers’ assessment suggests that, although now banned, previously dumped radioactive waste, munitions and chemical weapons together have the lowest physical footprint of the human activities considered, although they do not consider potential dispersal after leakage.

Non-fisheries marine scientific research also has a relatively small footprint, whereas those of fisheries marine scientific research, telecommunication cables and the oil and gas industry are moderate. However, even on the lowest estimates, the spatial extent of bottom trawling is at least ten times that for the other activities assessed, with a physical footprint greater than that of all the others combined.

The study estimated the total area of physical imprint in 2005 to be around 28,000 km2. However many human activities in the deep sea are concentrated in certain areas, particularly in shallower depths between 200 m and 1500 m, and in particular habitats which become disproportionally impacted. The OSPAR area comprises many different habitats each with different and diverse ecosystems.  The percentage impact in each of these habitats would provide important information but unfortunately there is virtually no detailed seabed mapping to provide this information.

As demands drive human activities ever deeper the imprint will become more widespread.  “Consequently,” argues Benn, “there needs to be a much greater understanding of the relative impacts of human activities on the deep seafloor, and in particular how these activities affect seafloor ecosystems and biodiversity.”

The original release from the National Oceagraphy Centre in Southamption is available @ http://noc.ac.uk/news/human-impacts-deep-seafloor
15  Topics / Overfishing / Re: What is the reasonable amount of fish to fish? on: August 27, 2008, 13:51:40 PM
Sounds interesting, let us know how the project is advancing.

Did you check out the CONVENTION ON THE CONSERVATION OF ANTARCTIC MARINE LIVING RESOURCES (CCAMLR) website already? They give out a lot of information you can use. What their data doesn't clearly show is the level of damage fisheries are doing, and more importantly the proposed / potential fisheries will be doing in upcoming years,.. if they go as planned

CCAMLR: http://www.ccamlr.org/pu/e/e_pubs/bd/toc.htm
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