May 9, 2009

Call for twenty-year ban on fishing in one-third of the world’s oceans.

A review of 100 scientific reports on restoring fish populations by Dr. Callum Roberts, marine conservation professor at the University of York in the United Kingdom revealed a consensus recommendation toward protection of 20 to 40 percent of the sea. Currently only 0.8 percent of the world’s oceans are protected. Dr. Roberts further stated that technological developments have allowed extreme fishing exploitation of previously untouched areas, leading to the collapse of many marine environments. US-based environmental organization Friends of the Earth, along with UK-based charities Marine Conservation Society and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds all support a 30 percent closure of the world’s oceans to help restore depleted fish numbers.

Our gratitude Dr. Roberts, Friends of the Earth, Marine Conservation Society and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for bringing to the public’s attention the dire state of our precious marine life. Let us easily cease all consumption of fish through the Earth-saving plant-based diet and rejoice as life in the seas flourishes once again.

During a July 2008 videoconference in Germany, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the oceans and our need in this case to spare the lives of fish, reminding of their unique contributions to the marine world, which itself is a vital aspect of our environment.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Hamburg Center, Germany – July 18, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Because, fishing eating is also very depleting to planetary ecosystem. They have proven that overfishing of sardines has resulted in many dead zones. They are there for maybe oxidizing the ocean, give life to some other kind of species or cleaning the environment. Whatever the species that God has left on the planet, they have work to do. Just like humans, we have work to do. Animals, they have work to do. Even little fish like sardines, they have work to do. It's just many humans think it is a little fish; they think they're useless so they fish them up and eat them. But they're very, very useful to our ecosystem and to the health of the planet, and, consequently, to the health of humans and all beings on it.

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