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Dwindling Fish Stocks
By Carol Baines


May 24, 2010

It's estimated that seven out of ten people on the planet depend on fish as their primary source of nutrition. According to the experts, at the rate the seas are being degraded due to over-fishing and pollution, in approximately 40 years there will be no more fish. This all spells trouble --- a catastrophe for our future generations, our children and grandchildren. Fish provide roughly 40 per cent of the protein consumed by nearly two-thirds of the world's population. For example, over a billion people throughout Asia depend on fish and seafood as their major source of animal protein. Here in Alaska we have enjoyed our salmon, halibut, red snapper, et al. and don't want to see the stocks diminish or be contaminated.

For people who are interested in helping to keep our waters clean and viable for healthy fish stocks, I'd highly recommend viewing an interesting and exciting movie "The Cove" filmed in Taiji, Japan. Part spy thriller, part environmental documentary, part horror film, "The Cove" is as suspenseful as it is enlightening. This film won the 2009 Sundance Film Festival award and the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Rated PG-13.

Carol Baines
Ketchikan, AK

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Received May 22, 2010 - Published May 24, 2010


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