All the fish in the Sea…   Leave a comment

…might not be as many as we thought. Recent studies have found areas in San Francisco Bay in the Pacific Ocean are at the lowest-number-of-fish levels ever known, and there’s no indication that things will improve soon. Among the fish with low numbers are many native species that have been common in the past, but now could be endangered. Not too long ago, this area off Northern California was one of the largest fishing areas in the United States, with millions of pounds of sardines and other fish caught and shipped around the world. Now, because of chemicals entering the water, changes in water flow and pattern created to benefit man, and invasive species – new types of plants and animals that weren’t normally found in an area, but for various reasons, usually mistakes or poor decisions, have now been brought into the area – the native fish are finding it more and more difficult to live. One day, almost all the fish in this area could be gone. And this isn’t just true for the San Francisco Bay, but many other parts of the oceans around the world.

This is very serious, affecting not only the fish but every ocean and the earth as a whole, as well as other animals that eat fish – including us! But it doesn’t mean we should stop eating fish, or enjoying our fish friends in our aquariums. It does mean we should always be careful about what we throw away, or drop down the sink, or let flow in the gutter. Particularly if you live near the ocean, what goes down the drain could end up in the ocean. Remember, nothing ever really goes away – it just gets moved from one place to another. We also need to make the best choices we can in the fish we do choose to eat.    Heringsschwarm WIKI

The scientists at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium have created some really helpful info showing what fish are both good, and bad choices to eat. They’ve even made easy-to-carry lists for anyone living in the Central US; and another list for the West Coast; and one for the Southeast; and Southwest; and for those living East of the Mississippi River and another for West of the Mississippi. If you live on the Mississippi River, the list is probably too wet to read.

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