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Fishing Blues

Without limits on industrial-scale catches, marine populations will continue to collapse

With provenance determined, fish lovers could harness the power of the Internet. Does a restaurant or supermarket persist in selling “red card” fish? A comment in an online review might get results. Publicity and shame are powerful tools, not to be used lightly or without warning. But those who knowingly trade in fish that are demonstrably at risk lose their right to be ignored.

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Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services. Boris Worm et al. in Science, Vol. 314, pages 787–790; November 3, 2006.

Deep Trouble. Richard L. Haedrich in Natural History, Vol. 116, No. 8, pages 28–33; October 2007.

Recommendations for fishes to buy or avoid can be found at www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_factsheet.aspx?gid=60

 For a summary of the efforts aimed at fighting illegal fishing, go to www.panda.org/about_wwf/what_we_do/marine/our_solutions/sustainable_fishing/improving_management/illegal_fishing/index.cfm

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