I was pained by reading the article linked below about blast fishing off the coast of Africa. (Yes, you read that correctly – blast fishing: fish being caught by being blasted out of the water with explosives). It is a very real scenario and needs more Smarter Planet minded folks to come up with alternatives that will help provide financial stability for the fishermen as well as keeping them uninjured and out of prison…
Thankfully, the damages suffered by the marine eco-system and the humans injured by engaging in this dangerous form of fishing have not gone unnoticed. Read about how Smart Fish is working to combat the problem. SmartFish is one of the Largest Regional Programmes for fisheries in Africa covering 20 bénéficiaire Countries in the Eastern, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) area. Funded by the European Union and Implemented by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Jointly with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
A statistic that put things into greater perspective:
- Each blast kills all fish and other living organisms within a 20m radius, completely destroying the coral reef habitat and there is no natural recovery Source: SmartFish
Ponder that! And consider what will become of the Indian Ocean if blast fishing is allowed to continue… Will you make a difference with your work now and in future?
An Icelandic tannery, Atlantic Leather is taking perch, salmon, wolffish and cod skin, a by-product of the fisheries industry and turning it into leather for luxury fashion.
The fish leather produced at Atlantic Leather is environmentally friendly, in two different ways:
- it is a by-product of the fisheries industry, utilizing raw material that would not otherwise be used
- the production process makes use of renewable hydro and geothermal energy
to wall covering, this very durable, yet flexible product is an innovation whose time has come!
The next time you go shopping for clothes or decor, you might want to check out this new product.
This idea grew out of someone’s imagination and with some innovative thinking, turned into a thriving business. Do you have any eco-friendly ideas that you’d like to see come to fruition?
I have to admit – I stole the title for this post (’cause it made me giggle and want to say “what the heck???!!!”)
Maybe your future lies in studying the creatures of the sea and the benefits they bring to us. They both fascinated and frightened our ancestors – perhaps you find them mysterious and enticing, too!
Hey to Duke University for the part they play in this research!
For naturalists, the decline of the bee population worldwide has been more than alarming – it’s a threat of epic proportions. Studies are ongoing and much research is underway to determine the causes (pesticides? pollution? disease?) for the drop in numbers of these marvelous pollinators so vital to Earth’s sustainability.
Watch the video to see the ‘backpacks’ being used in Australia to provide clues to buzzing behavior - (Think about it the next time you stir honey into your tea!)
For more on research studies in Australia, visit the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) website
Building a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. That is the mission of World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), of which I’ve been a supporter for many years.
One of their initiatives currently underway is the pilot of a Payment for Environmental Services (PES) program. PES is the practice of offering incentives to farmers or landowners in exchange for managing their land to provide an ecological service. In this instance, a watershed plan is being undertaken for the Mara River Basin. (60% located in Kenya and 40% in Tanzania.)
The goal of PES for the Mara River Basin is improved water quality as well as improved flow regime that will catalyze sustainable watershed management and create a win-win situation between the community (the land-owners) and the private sector partners. Furthermore, the upstream farmers will see an improvement in livelihoods as slow down of soil erosion and reverse of forest loss leading to an increase in agricultural productivity.
Read all about it: Piloting PES in the Mara River Basin