Why Sustainable Fishing Is Important

Why Sustainable Fishing Is Important Sustainable fishing allows humans to continually fish in oceans and other bodies of water indefinitely for edible seafood. In the past, we have quickly overfished, causing damage to ecosystems and pushing them out of balance. Having a single species become endangered or extinct affects more than that species alone—it also affects other animals in the ecosystem that prey on or that are prey for the aforementioned species. Overfishing can cause a negative domino effect in water-based ocean systems that is difficult to stop. Although environmental concerns are chief among those pushing sustainable fishing, it is important to note that overfishing and damaging ecosystems also directly affects the seafood we eat. Overfishing can cause a lack of fish species, and it can also cause health issues for the remaining species. Those are a few of the reasons why more fisheries and harvesters around the world are focusing on sustainable fishing instead of just trying to get the biggest haul. Sustainable fishing allows us to keep eating delicious seafood long into the future, while also protecting the beautiful water based ecosystems that protect much of the life on Earth. More sustainable fisheries are popping up, where managers track seafood as populations are managed and kept up with local, state, and federal regulations. Most states now have strict regulations on commercial fishing and require fishing licenses to get started. The more education our harvesters and seafood lovers have, the better the chance sustainable fishing will catch on for good. Seafood eaters need to support the practice of sustainable fishing in order for it to really thrive. In the past few years, it looks like just that has happened, with more and more fishers turning to sustainable practices that benefit everyone.