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Fishless Oceans by 2050!
What are we doing to ourselves?
Fishless oceans by 2050! This is not a joke. Today, May 28th 2010 the United Nations Environment Programme announced that we only have 40 more years before we run totally out of fish!
And this is not a surprise by the way. The cod fish that used to live abundantly in the north Atlantic have almost disappeared. Some cods now migrated to the southern hemisphere where the can hide from the European and North American fishermen that almost killed them all.
Now fishing ships are even bigger and stronger and can chase them wherever they go.
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Is this what we are here for? Is this what we descended to earth for? We failed miserably in taking care of the Earth, and failed the test.
And for atheists, is this what you want for the next generation? A fishless world? Do you understand what will happen when all fish disappear?
Planktons are at the bottom of the nutritional chain in the marine ecosystems and they live in the top few centimeters of any aquatic system. They get eaten by small fish, and bigger fish eat smaller ones, birds and animals feed on the fish, and so on.
If there is no fish to feed on the planktons they will keep growing and increasing until they cover the surface of the sea. That means no more ships, toxic waters, and the biggest reserve of livestock (fish) is gone, both for humans and for other creatures who feed on them.
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1. 1 billion people, mostly in poverty conditions, rely totally on fish as their only source of animal protein. By depleting this source for them we are STARVING them. For some who will read this it's hard to see the picture because they live where nothing is in scarcity. To see the picture imagine that you only eat eggs as a source of animal protein (or beef, or cheese, whatever), and that you are told that within 40 years from now there will be no more chicken to lay eggs. This means that eggs are getting more and more expensive so that you can't afford them anymore, and by the time your kids are adults and responsible for themselves and their families there will be no more eggs! And your environment doesn't favor breeding any other kind of animal protein source.
2. Fishing industry. 30 million fishermen on 20 million boats world wide, and a total of fishing industry jobs of 540 million people will be jobless soon. And what they do with fish? They sell some fresh process the bulk while wasting tons of fish material to control the prices. Can not sympathize with those in control of fishing industry!
3. You and me. Like it or not fish is the best source of protein ever existed. It's the kind of protein that has no negative effect on your cardiovascular health. It's also the one source of fat that your body needs and can't get enough from it. It's the source of omega3 fatty acid. Google it if you haven't heard about it before and see what it does to your central nervous system and your mental health, besides it's anti-LDL cholestrol effect.
In a typical marine ecosystem the living components are in balance. We have the fish that eat the planktons, and we have the birds and other sea mammals that each the fish. One kind of fish could be the reason for balance of the amount of planktons and the number of other animals that feed on this particular kind of fish.
Take the fish out of the equation and see what you get. You'll get a dramatic increase in the planktons to the level that toxifies the water (if it includes certain types of blue-green algae, a.k.a. cyanobacteria, in its components) and the birds and other animals that feed on the fish will die.
This stinks big time!
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This is a good read in the subject. The author simply put the truth about the impact of us messing with nature, resources, and systems on the future of our world as we know it.
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But much important is that mankind goes back to the scriptures and apply what's in them. Balance is the key. In all scriptures mankind is ordered to eat and drink moderately. Overeating is a bad habit and, in some religions, is a sin. Wasting good food is another sin that's punished in this life by shortage of food, and in the hear after accordingly.
Hunting and killing animals for fun is a big sin. Mankind is only allowed to kill the animals that we will eat immediately. Mass murder of animals, including fish, for profit is not OK in terms of religion. Torturing animals in mass production machinery is another sin.
Mass destruction of forests to produce papers that we waste carelessly in the toilet is a big sin, and we are being punished with the global warming and the air pollution-related problems that forests could have saved us if they still exist.
Back to fish; wasting tons of fish after killing them to control the prices of fish products is a big sin that we deserve the punishment of running out of fish due to committing it.