Last night’s 7pm project did a great job of outlining the problems facing fish stocks in our oceans, highlighting that one-in-six of Australia’s fisheries are overexploited or overfished.
The program was based on a new UN report that warns the world’s fisheries could run out in the next 40 years unless change is made now. So what does that change look like?
One of the major strategies the report reccomends is establishing a network of marine sanctuaries around the globe to help restore and protect fish stocks. Marine sanctuaries are areas of the ocean where fish and their habitat are protected, i.e. fishing and mining are excluded.
Marine sanctuaries protect larger fish that for most species are exponentially more effective at breeding, and will play a major role in replenishing our oceans with fish, whilst also helping to protect the diversity of other marine life in our oceans.
Marine sanctuaries will help to turn back the clock in parts of our oceans to a time when fish were more plentiful, and the oceans more abundant.
The campaign is promoting a network of large marine sanctuaries for WA’s southwest marine environment where less than 1% of waters are protected, and up to 90% of marine life is unique to the region. One third of the worlds whale and dolphin species use the region.
It is part of a global problem where only 0.4% of the worlds oceans are protected.
As Dave Hughes put it – we don’t want to be eating “chips and chips”. It is time to act to save our oceans.