There are people who simply think natural resources to be easy to come by and simple to replace. This is a big misconception, though a very common one. The recent disasters in the ocean has proved how easily we can lose an entire season worth of food and more. Consumers with sense across the country are starting to care about ways to keep the oceans safe. One of the most important steps is enacting strict fishing regulations. This is a preventative behavior, with the meaning of taking care of troubles before it can even arise.
While those who actually head out to see on boats understand more about the regulations in place already and how they actually work, the notion of regulations might seem a bit confusing to those whose closest experience to fish happens to be purchasing it at the store. But whether talking about fish or crab, sustainability begins not just with deciding what to purchase, but knowing that fishermen themselves are leaving particular populations alone while focusing on only catching hauls from those that can handle it.
The notion of fishing with these methods isn’t anything new–those off the waters of Alaska have been practicing it for years, and the state constitution actually contains rules and regulations about when to fish and who can go where–but it’s never been more important to put them in place worldwide. After all, fleets of boats head out to hit the same stretches of ocean, only to discover year after year that those who came before overfished to the point of decimating the population.
This means that where there used to be thriving schools of fish and healthy crab populations, now there is often nothing. And whether talking about fish or crab sustainability, one of the main steps towards making sure there is something to eat in upcoming years is taking a break and easing off. This might mean limiting the amount of boats that have access to a particular part of the ocean, or it might mean a limited amount of time or particular date that the season can begin. Regardless of the logistics of the individual regulations, the point is more to focus on everyone having a shot at delicious and ample catches in years to come. And without these steps towards an international approach to fishing that mirrors what happens in the waters of Alaska, there is bound to be ongoing trouble.