Environmental Ethics - Fishing Industry

Fish are Friends, Not Food

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Fish are Friends, Not Food
The earth was at one time a place of seemingly infinite resources, but as human populations have grown, the strain on those resources has increased significantly.   There is substantial evidence that the strain on these resources could and will dramatically affect our quality of life and ability to sustain certain critical eco-systems.   Some of these endangered resources include fossil fuels, fresh water and agricultural crops.   The decaying availability of resources is a result of many decades without any viable resource management plan or environmental ethics at an influential level.   Humanity has taken for granted that everything we use will regenerate and always be available.   Increasing populations and advancing technology contribute to an exponential consumption rate of everything we use to sustain our way of living.   We also live in a society today that has awareness of the benefits of eating healthier and taking better care of our bodies.   The ideal of ego over mantra has permeated our lifestyles to the point where selfishness has created entire industries dedicated to healthy living and looking good.   These two cultural by products of a society living carelessly in the now without thought to the effect on our environment have finally collided in our oceans.   Sushi, the preparation of fresh fish in an assortment of artistic ways as a meal has exploded in several large countries because of its known health benefits and cultural trend setting.   The increasing demand for fresh fish because of the globalization of the Sushi industry has added an exponential strain on the oceans’ resources and has the potential to collapse entire oceanic ecological systems unless a practical, ethical solution to commercial fishing is found.
A food once considered a delicacy and an art form in the East has become a cultural boom in Western society.   Sushi was originally created in Japan in the...