How we landlubbers can help save the oceans

Nature Conservancy still publishes a paper magazine. Time for them to go online and save the paper and energy it takes to print and distribute.

Nature Conservancy still publishes a paper magazine. Time for them to go online and save the paper and energy it takes to print and distribute. But until they do, some material they publish is NOT available online. Like a quartet of contributions by experts with advice on what you and I could do to help preserve the oceans and their creatures. Here are their four ideas:

1) Eat low on the food chain. Order that anchovy pizza, but eschew the tuna, swordfish and shark. And don't start eating tigers and bears, either.

2) Don't buy products from industrial fisheries.

3) Change our fishing regulations. Evolutionary biologists now believe that keeping only the bigger fish leads to evolutionary changes in the fish population: uniformly smaller and genetrically inferior fish.

4) Provide micro-credit for coastal residents in impoverished coral areas. This would lead to reduced fishing-for-survival as the investments lead to better family income.

Nature Conservancy does have an active online site and it includes info on how they are working on ocean conservation. Excuse me, my anchovy pizza just arrived, I gotta go pay the delivery person....

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