Save Our Oceans

Saving our oceans

The oceans of the world are a source of pleasure, income, food, life, and so much more for the billions of people in this world. In our environment, everything is interconnected in the planetary web of life – and oceans have a vital role to play in building and maintaining healthy communities, human and non-human, worldwide. As responsible citizens of our planet, we all have a responsibility to protect the oceans that mean so much to us. While the members of the Save Our Planet Network do not work directly on field conservation issues, we are primarily concerned with informing the public about issues that require action, and making recommendations on what you, the public can do to save the oceans and all natural ecosystems.

The Save Our Planet Network has five main oceans conservation campaigns: sustainable fisheries; energy; marine planning; marine protected areas; and fish farming. We work to educate consumers about sustainable seafood choices. We have found the difference that consumers make, by supporting sustainable practices has a huge impact on the ways our oceans are managed and harvested. This can apply both to the harvesting of our oceans for food and for aquarium products.

Being mindful of what is taken from the natural world and how it is taken, ensures that the marine ecosystem will be able to support our needs for many years to come. Through our work and research in sustainable fisheries, we have discovered some important factors that consumers can consider when purchasing ocean sourced products.

When making sustainable choices, not only are the types or species considered; but the particular method by which it is harvested. For example, in the seafood industry, large fish caught by bottom long line is considered more sustainable than fish caught by trawling, due to the damage to the seabed floor and the significant by-catch associated with trawling fisheries.

The Save Our Planet Network, supports an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management, and the viewpoint that everything is connected within the planetary web of life. For example, when we decide which species can be considered “sustainable seafood”, we try to consider such issues as predator and prey dynamics, as well as what the removal of a certain type or species of fish will do to its evolutionary prospects down the road.

By being mindful and making sustainable choices about our oceans, we will ensure that they will remain bountiful for years to come.