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    Learn More about Overfishing and Educate Others

    Change starts with education. If people are aware of their impact on the earth, they’ll make smarter choices. ~ Filmmaker Rob Stewart

    Within this section, you will find some great articles, books, reports, videos and documentaries with more information about overfishing and what you can do to stop it. Post them to your friends’ Facebook walls, use them in school projects and inform others about what’s going on to become an Active Global Citizen.

    1. Documentary: End of the Line is a feature-length documentary about global overfishing. A great introduction to the issue, the facts and footage that will surprise you.
    2. Case study: How and why Hong Kong banned trawling in its waters, by the World Wildlife Fund.
    3. Website: How catch shares work, by the Environmental Defense Fund.
    4. TED talk: Renowned deep sea ocean explorer Sylvia Earle on how to protect the oceans.
    5. Interactive map: Click on any country to see how much of their coastal waters are Marine Protected Areas, and see how they stack up to other countries in this colour-coded map of the world’s protected waters.

    Seafood Guides

    1. Classroom resource: Here’s a guide to seafood and sustainable fishing appropriate for elementary school classes.
    2. National Geographic has a website that lets you search different kinds of seafood, and find out if they’re overfished, contain harmful mercury or healthful Omega-3 fatty acids, to make the best choice for the planet and your health.
    3. Sea Choice’s database divides seafood into “best choice,” “some concerns,” and avoid. You can search for seafood or see the lists. Where the seafood is from, how it’s caught, and what other names it’s called are also listed.
    4. The Natural Resources Defense Council lists America’s five favourite seafoods, which kinds are sustainable and which ones aren’t, and why.
    5. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has an iPhone/Android app to help you choose seafood, as well as regional printout guides to make sustainable choices on the go!
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