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Friday, 22 July 2011 06:20

Overfishing is the Great Environmental Disaster That People Haven't Heard About

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I never thought that I might be contributing to a possible ecological implosion in our oceans because of the kinds of fish that I eat.

That is, until I saw the eye-opening documentary "The End of the Line," which dramatically details how massive industrial fishing is endangering the viability of an increasingly large number of fish species.

"Overfishing is the great environmental disaster that people haven't heard about," said the documentary's producer George Duffield. This is not merely an indictment of mercenary corporate fishing, it is also exposes how consumers choose to ignore the impact of eating endangered fish. In fact, as supplies of certain fish dwindle, they become more expensive and, therefore, more of a delicacy.

It's not just specific fish that are being depleted beyond the point of no return, but overfishing contributes to creating an ecosystem change in the oceans that will not be to the benefit of the residents of the planet. Not to mention that many people in poorer nations rely on fish to survive, but are seeing a diminishing supply because of huge fishing fleets off their shores from developed nations. They are floating factories that use high-tech tools to relentlessly sweep the oceans of endangered fish and fish that are becoming threatened.

With all our domestic concerns about unemployment, political zealots and debt and revenue, we sometimes forget that the planet around us is in need of our urgent attention.

Overfishing is something we can help stop by changing our eating patterns. Watch the documentary "The End of the Line" and find out how.

You can make a personal difference in keeping our fish populations abundant and healthy.