Overfishing is the result of huge demand for fish and unsustainable fishing methods used around the world. The knock-on effects of this are wide-reaching and complex.
Countless species of fish such as bluefin tuna, Atlantic cod and many other sea and freshwater species have been fished to the brink of extinction. The damage is done not only to the species itself but to the entire eco-system in which they exist.
As well as the environmental consequences, overfishing has led to the collapse of whole economies, thousands of job losses and financial disaster for towns and cities around the world.
To address the problem of our over reliance on fish it is important that we act now. Simple decisions made in the supermarket can help change the fate of our oceans and send a message to product producers that things need to improve.
A Simple Step to Reduce our Demands on Fish Stocks
Consuming less fish is the best way to do your bit and there’s no need to miss out on the essential vitamins and oils.
We’re not suggesting you eat less fish, we’re advocating a different approach: an environmentally friendly alternative to fish oil supplements.
Nuique source our Omega 3 supplements – chemically identical to the oils in fish – directly from algae and under laboratory conditions.
This means the oil in our capsules is free from any toxins and contaminants as well as being sustainable and vegan.
Leaving you to enjoy the many benefits of the nutrient rich oil without causing any damage to our oceans.
And when you realise that fish actually get their Omega 3 from eating algae you can see that all Nuique’s supplements do is cut out the middle man, or is that the middle fish?
Next time you’re thinking about your dose of Omega 3, think about making the right choices for our oceans, rivers and you.
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The European Parliament has approved a package of major reforms to the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), designed to cut waste and stop overfishing in European waters.
Under the current legislation, fishing crews that haul in more than the agreed quota often throw large quantities of dead fish back into the sea ? as they are not allowed to land the fish. The current system is called Total Allowable Catches (TACs), launched in 1983 is at the heart of the EU policy and is based on the each country?s previous catches.
We all know why changes have to be made – cod for example is has declined by 70% over the last 10 years, European fishing fleets have grown too large and are now too efficient for the dwindling fish stocks and fishery ministers have been reluctant to see their national quotas (TACs) cut. However, without the proper controls, there is a risk that surplus fish landed will simply be sold and incentivise overfishing.
The current system is also not meeting the European market?s needs. Fish imported from non EU countries now accounts for two-thirds of fish sold in the EU.
The Proposed Changes to the EU Common Fisheries Policy
In the approved package, in future fishing crews will have to land their entire catch. This is good news; surely discarding perfectly healthy dead fish back into the sea can?t be right and isn?t going to help. The commission says that fisheries should be managed on an ecosystem basis- with more flexibility in the system and scientific data should be collected on a larger number of fish species.
So, discards from 2014 should be phased out and the plan to start MSY (maximum sustainable yields) approach will be phased in by 2015. More has to be done, this is only the start.
A good start – but you can help stop overfishing now
It will be two years minimum before these proposed changes begin to phase-in, and doubtless there will be problems with non-compliance and policing the new rules. In the meantime there are concrete actions you can do to hep stop overfishing:
– If you must eat fish, buy a wider range of fish and avoid species that are endangered
– If you take fish oil supplements, opt for an algae omega 3 alternative.
– At your supermarket fish counter, make staff aware that their employer also needs to act responsibly to help create consumer demand for lesser known species. You might be surprised how some staff will acknowledge your concern and demonstrate knowledge about the subject. Their feedback makes it back to supermarket bosses surprisingly often
– Join Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall?s Fish Fight campaign – get involved and show your support.
Choosing Omega-3 DHA rich supplements can be a difficult choice, but fish oil is rarely better than algae oil. Promoting health with algae derived Omega 3 is the answer and below we discuss what to look for when you are searching for pure, unadulterated, quality, uncontaminated, therapeutic strength long chain Omega-3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA.
V Pure Omega 3 DHA / EPA from sustainably farmed algae. Vegetarian / Vegan , toxin-free and good value for money.
Algae Omega-3 Vs Fish Omega-3 – The Benefits Of DHA-rich Algal Oil
So how do you choose from the vast array of Omega-3 essential fatty acid supplements on the market?
Here are some key factors to look out for when choosing an Omega-3 product
Toxins, Toxicity, Poisons, Contamination
A few years ago a number of retailers including Boots the chemist had to withdraw Cod Liver Oil Fish Oil products because they had levels of toxins ubiquitously found in the sea that were above the safety levels set by the UK Government.
Humans treat the oceans like a giant sewer, a giant global cesspit for all humanity.
The trouble is with contamination, like BSE, if you don’t look for it you won’t find it and it’s quite unusual for products like this to be officially tested.
The other problem is that even though low levels of toxins in fish oil may pass the regulatory limits, and not be dangerous on their own, no-one seems to have considered what cumulative amounts of different toxins, added together in a cocktail of poisons, can have on the body. What effects do combinations of these different toxins have on our risk of cancer for instance?
Some known toxins are not even officially tested for despite prolific traces found in fish through independent testing.
The best strategy to avoid risk is to avoid all fish oil products and only choose products that have pure EPA and DHA in them that has been purified. Cod liver oil in particular is from the liver of the fish and is the oil filter that protects the fish, so why would you consume the part of the fish that is likely to have the most amounts of toxins. This may have made sense for your grandmother, but the seas are now so polluted it’s a risk factor you can live without.
Algal oil is farmed in a controlled environment that avoids contamination from the sea and is then filtered to separate the key EPA and DHA parts of the Omega-3 oil that are so beneficial for optimal health.
Sustainability, conservation and protecting the environment
Environmental scientists and researchers now predict that if urgent steps are not taken immediately to halt the rape of our seas and oceans it will now be only a few years before there are no fish left in the ocean. This doesn’t just have aesthetic and ethical implications, the fact that we’ve robbed our children of a rich biological heritage.
In the film ‘Sea The Truth’ by the Sea First Foundation, Dos Winkel and eminent marine biologists reveal that fish have a vital part to play in maintaining the delicate balance, of not just the life in the oceans, but the whole planet.
The oceans, covering two thirds of the planet play an even more important role in cleaning our atmosphere than that of our dwindling rainforests. The algae and plankton that live on the surface of the sea are the true lungs of our planet and we are killing it. New toxic strains of algae are growing out of control as nature uses up organophosphates and nitrogen washed into the sea. Meanwhile the beneficial algae and plankton are following the fate of the coral reefs, dying from over acidification of our sea.
Fish play a vital role in balancing alkaline pH levels as they help neutralise the acid. No fish = more acid= less plankton = more C02 = less oxygen and a grave danger to life on planet Earth.
Not only do we waste fish for human consumption through bycatch , we devastate fish stocks by catching them to feed to chickens, pigs, cows, even other fish. We also scoop up millions of tonnes of fish each year to squeeze out the oil to be used by cosmetic, industrial and pharmaceutical industries.
We need to stop immediately before it’s too late.
Value for money, best buy, cost effective alternatives to fish oil
As fish become more scarce and smaller fishing fleets and trawlers have to travel further away to find less fish. As fish become more toxic, expensive decontamination and purification methods need to be deployed in an attempt to try to keep fish oil below the government’s maximum levels of permitted toxins.
Beware products promoting Omega-3 supplements which are labelled Omega-3, 6 and 9, this is a waste of money. They are usually cheap blended vegetable oils ? Omega-9 from olive oil, Omega-6 from sunflower oil and Omega-3 from flax and or rapeseed oil. This is a ridiculously expensive way of buying these oils and typically it’s only the Omega-3 part that we need more of. If you need more Omega-6 then choose GLA rich safflower, evening primrose or Echium oil. Omega-9 is not an essential fat and most people get plenty from olive oil. Hempseeds have a good mix of Omega-6, Omega-9 and basic short chain Omega-3 and are considerably cheaper than a supplement!