‘Choose Wisely’ fish campaign
CALL FOR RETHINK ON POLICY
DECADES OF mismanagement and over-fishing have left the seas around Ireland and Europe almost devoid of some fish stocks.
The National Sea Life Centre in Bray in association with the Irish Wildlife Trust are calling upon the new Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to play an active role in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy by placing environmental sustainability as the top priority.
They have launched a 'Choose Wisely' campaign to raise awareness of the depleting status of Irish fish stocks and promote sustainable consumerism practices.
As much as 88 per cent of Irish fish stocks are being fished unsustainably while 30 per cent are 'outside safe biological limits' and threatened with extinction.
It is estimated that by 2050 all commercially exploitable fish species will have been over-fished, depriving us not only of familiar dinner plate specials but destroying livelihoods, communities and a part of our cultural heritage.
Running over three days, ' The Choose Wisely' Sustainable Fishing launch in Bray last week included educational workshops, seminars, interactive guided tours, film screenings and activities to raise awareness of the detrimental effects of overfishing and give useful information on sustainable consumerism skills.
‘Fish forms an essential part of our marine ecological system and a stable component in our local diet,' said Pat O'Suillebhain, managing director of the Sea Life Centre in Bray, 'while fishing constitutes an important part of our cultural heritage. With the commercialising of this sector and habitat destruction, we have started witnessing an alarming decline in our fish stock.'
To spread the word relating to this important ecological issue, Sea Life has also set up a Facebook discussion board that can be accessed on its SeaLife Facebook.