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Over harvesting our oceans. Should we stop eating seafood? By GSB student Jeff Roberts

I am delighted to welcome our Guest Bloggers to N.B.—thank you for your participation!  Our first guest blog is written by GSB student Jeff Roberts, who comments, “I’m am soon to graduate from Loyola’s MBA program with an emphasis in Risk Management.  MGMT 472 is a great class to take me across the finish line as it has aspects that will be carried beyond my course work and the classroom.

The issue of sustainability is a core example of change in the world.  Whether its social, economic or environmental.  My hope is that the below topic will provoke thought on not just the ocean’s environment, but also a social and environmental issue of change in general.  Please enjoy.  -Jeff Roberts

Over harvesting our oceans.  Should we stop eating seafood? (10/4/10)
It seems we need extreme groups to cause a mass population/culture change.  Visions may come to mind of small Zodiac motorized rubber rafts trying to stop huge shipping tankers from polluting the ocean.  Because of these acts, most people are familiar with Greenpeace and their mission.
Please click here for more info: (Greenpeace USA)

Eating seafood is good for your health, eating the right seafood is good for the ocean environment.  Commercial shrimp boats utilize large nets that collect all types of marine life.  For one pound of shrimp they pull out of the water, they produce ten pounds of “bycatch,” which is the byproduct of fish other than the shrimp they collect in their nets.  The bycatch is hooked/damaged and thrown back into the water.  Shrimp boats are killing ten pounds of fish for each pound of shrimp!
Please click here for more info: (SeaChoice)

No matter how we slice it, change is most likely to occur when a sense of true urgency is apparent.
Yet, how do we effect mass change without threat of life or imposition of serious hardships.  The key will be in the diagnosis of the matter and if there is a true need for change.  Once the need is confirmed, and the type of change is identified, the next step is to create the sense of urgency and then communicate that vision of this change.

The solution is not to avoid shrimp or simply to eat only shrimp from adequately managed shrimp farms. Some of these farms can lead to further environmental issues.  It is better to choose the right seafood.  By controlling the selection process and amount eaten, we can passively and yet effectively impact commercial fishing habits and save our ocean ecosystem.
Please click here for more info: (Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Come back soon, as we continue our research on sustainability and how over harvesting seafood is impacting not just the environment, but also families that make a living within the fishing industry.

**If you found this interesting, please save as a favorite on your desk top!  And come back once a week for updates.  We’re sure to have opinions from other visitors, as well as continued facts from credible reputable sources.  Thank you for visiting today, your visit and continued curiosity will assist in diagnosing the true sense of urgency on this matter, Thank you.

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