Monday, February 12, 2007
Environmental Effects of the Fishing Industry
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President Bush signs legislation to prevent overfishing
2. Famous quote – Mahatma Gandhi
3. Sex-changing substances found in the Potomac River
4. Bible verse – Psalm 86:5
One third of all fish species in China’s Yellow River are lost
6. Plan to save tuna fish not effective
1. President Bush signs legislation to prevent overfishing: According
to the new law signed by President George Bush, commercial fisheries are
required to set conservation plans within a two-year period beginning in
2010. Moreover, President Bush’s administration said would work with
other nations to try to ban destructive fishing practices such as bottom
trawling, which damages very fragile marine ecosystems.
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article please visit
Overfishing is causing tremendous environmental problems and pushing
certain aquatic species towards extinction. The more time goes by
without taking measures to reverse the damage caused to the environment,
the harder it will be to make things right in God’s creation. While
industrial fishing reduction is a good step toward conservation it still
causes suffering and affects marine ecosystems.
The transition to a
plant-based diet could help restore the environment and alleviate animal
suffering in accordance to God’s love and compassion with all creatures
2. “We must be the change we wish to see.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
3. Sex-changing substances found in the Potomac River: A recent
investigation in the Potomac River resulted in the finding of certain
chemicals that act as endocrine disrupters affecting the fish's hormone
systems. These chemicals have been found to cause birth defects and
sexual abnormalities called intersex in many animal species and possibly
humans as well.
Douglas Chambers, a US Geological Survey scientist who
led the study, said, "We analyzed samples of 30 smallmouth bass from six
sites, including male and female fish without intersex and male fish
with intersex," and the USGS report published at
http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1393/ stated: "Antibiotics were detected in
municipal wastewater, aquaculture, and poultry-processing effluent, with
the highest number of antibiotics and the greatest concentrations found
in municipal effluent."
So far, the sources of these chemical seem to
come from runoff from agricultural activities, municipal and domestic
wastewater effluent (both treated and untreated), industrial wastewater,
and gypsy moth control programs using dimilin (diflubenzuron).
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Human activity impacts the environment and God’s creatures. Modern
agriculture, with the use of antibiotics, pesticides, hormones and
others, is one of the most contaminating industries, polluting Earth’s
water, soil and air; and therefore also contributing to sickness. The
transition to a plant-based diet could help restore the environment,
alleviate animal suffering and improve our health.
4. (RSV) Psalm 86:5 “For thou, O Lord, art good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call on thee.”
We are made in the image of a loving and forgiving God, and we are
called to witness God’s love to all Creation by being forgiving,
compassionate and merciful.
5. One third of all fish species in China’s Yellow River are lost:
The Yellow River, China’s second largest that used to be the home for
more than 150 species of fish, has lost 1/3 of them due to the
construction of dams, scarce rainfalls, overfishing and pollution.
Fishing has also dropped dramatically, falling 40 percent.
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full article please visit
It’s appalling that so many of God’s creatures are disappearing from
the planet at a very rapid rate. Sadly, humanity is playing a big role
since pollution and overfishing seem to be constants in the current
environmental crisis. We are called to honor God’s creation and by
choosing a plant-based diet we are showing compassion to God’s animals
and care for the Earth.
6. Plan to save tuna fish not effective: Last Friday, dozen of
countries got together with the idea to develop a plan to save tuna from
being driven to extinction; however, after 5 days of meetings no set
limits on the number of tuna that can be caught was decided.
Conservationists have already warned that unless serious measures are
taken, it might be too late to save tuna. WWF fisheries officer
Katherine Short said, "The meeting has failed to deliver meaningful
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We are called to be good stewards of all of God’s Creation; however,
the quest for profit and pleasure is driving many species of animals to
extinction. While it’s not too late for many of them, some require
immediate action. Our choice of diet has tremendous implications on
God’s animals, our health and the environment.
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