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A Journey by Blue Marine Foundation

The Ocean's Web of Life

We use audio to enhance your experience. A rich tapestry of marine life, everything is interconnected

Fish play a vital role in the delicate balance of the ocean’s health.

A healthy ocean is more resilient.

A healthy ocean full of life can help buffer the impacts of climate change. Healthy populations of marine life also have a better chance of withstanding rapid environmental changes.

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Over 3 billion people rely on fish as their main source of animal protein.

Fish stocks are not infinite, many species are now endangered from overfishing and destructive fishing.

Thunnus albacares

Yellowfin Tuna

Status: near threatened

In the Indian Ocean, yellowfin tuna has been overfished since 2015 and catches now need to be reduced as a matter of urgency to save the stock from collapse.

Overfishing means catching fish faster than they can reproduce, leading to populations collapsing. In fact, 90% of big, predatory fish are now gone.
There are many damaging ways of fishing, including bottom trawling and dredging. These methods disturb the seabed, destroy marine habitats and can kill animals they don’t intend to catch.
If we stop overfishing, marine biodiversity will recover and help prevent climate change.

How do we make fishing more sustainable?

Sustainable fishing allows for the regeneration of habitats and fish stocks, including species not directly targeted by fishing, or ‘non-target’. It extracts fewer fish than are replenished naturally, and does so in a non-destructive way.

Fishing has been an important part of life in Berwickshire for hundreds of years.
Once famed for it's thriving herring fishery in the 19th century, now many local fisherman fish for crab and lobster using static pots or "creels" as they're known locally.
This method of fishing has less impact on the seafloor, and once the pots are hauled aboard crabs and lobsters below a certain size are returned to the sea, giving them a chance to reproduce before being caught.
This keeps the stocks at more sustainable levels. Fishing at sustainable levels is essential for future generations, and the health of the ocean.

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What makes commercial fishing the largest hunting operation on the planet?

Climate change also impacts fish and marine habitats.

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Climate change

Fish are sensitive to changes in water temperature

As the ocean water warms, fish populations are moving closer to the planet’s two poles in search of cooler water. This impacts ecosystems and coastal communities that rely on local fisheries.

Here's a fact for you...

Sustainable fishing and lower carbon emissions could reduce the risk of extinction for vulnerable marine species by 60%.

Protecting areas of our ocean helps reverse the effects of overfishing.

The spillover effect

Fish and other marine life thrive in protected areas, then ‘spill over’ into the surrounding ocean.

MPAs create space for marine life to grow and multiply, some of which ‘spill over’ into the surrounding areas as animals move around. This ‘spillover’ effect benefits the entire ecosystem and helps to revive populations depleted by overfishing.

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What is bycatch?

Blue Marine Foundation is working to

Rethink how we fish

Blue Marine is working with the local fishing community and the Berwickshire Marine Reserve to implement a sustainable fishery that benefits marine wildlife and the local community.

Project Spotlight

Explore the Berwickshire Marine Reserve, where kelp forests grow thick and wild and soft corals and anemones carpet rocky reefs. The converging cold and warm water currents support an unusual diversity of marine life, from Arctic wolf fish and pods of bottlenose dolphins to cup corals.

What can I do?

Learn about sustainable methods of fishing and sustainable seafood

Support the end of harmful fishing subsidies

Advocate for the proper protection of inshore waters

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Did you know that kelp stores carbon within their fronds?

Some of these break away and sink to the seafloor, drawing the carbon down into the seabed sediment.