From Organic Lifestyle magazine, I learned about Oceana, a nonprofit that since the early 2000s has been focusing on protecting the world’s oceans. Here’s some information from the article that struck me:
Commercial fishing creates enormous waste. Sixteen billion pounds of by-catch fish are wasted each year and hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, marine mammals, and seabirds are killed. U.S. commercial fishing operations alone throw away more than one million metric tons of fish each year, nearly a third of its annual commercial catch.
And that’s just one quote, a perfect example of how conservation is essential to restoration, or, rather, is essential to reducing the need for restoration. Go read what the article has to say about the shipping industry’s carbon emissions and what Oceana has been doing for the last several years.