ten-year census of the world’s oceans involving some 2,700 scientists,
more than 540 expeditions and around 9,000 days at sea has concluded.
The results reveal that the oceans hold far more forms of life than
previously realized, with nearly 250,000 species now identified and up
to 750,000 thought to be still undiscovered.
At the same time,
scientists Boris Worm and Heike Lotze of Canada’s Dalhousie University
discovered from their evaluation of historical records that marine
species on average have declined by an astounding 90% since
Senior Census scientist Ron O’Dor remarked
that all marine life used by humans is in danger of extinction, even
the new and as yet undiscovered species. Calling for a shift in human
attitude that would include halting consumption of these valued
creations, Dr. O’Dor said, “These species are running out, and we need a
reversal of attitudes in the 21st Century. …If we leave them alone,
they could come back.”
Drs. Worm, Lotze, O’Dor, all scientists
and sponsors of this comprehensive study, we earnestly appreciate your
efforts to account for the vast and treasured life in our oceans.
us join in showing respect for these fellow co-inhabitants, upon whose
lives we also depend, for the Earth’s sustainable future. Speaking of
the vast wonders of the seas during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo,
Supreme Master Ching Hai emphasized the need for humanity’s gentler
stewardship to safeguard irreplaceable marine ecosystems and ultimately,
Supreme Master Ching Hai: The marine ecosystem is in
big trouble right now from global warming already. Further fishing will
only make matters worse. Also, mercury poisoning causes problems to
aquatic life even before it gets to the humans.
These are things
we need to address in trying to save our planet, not to talk about our
health also. Eating fish will definitely not help this.
The ocean is a wonderful recycler that normally can purify the water
and create nutrients and turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, etc. The ocean
is a miracle. But if we ruin the ecosystems,this will spell disaster
It’s better for our body, for our conscience, for our mind, and for the planet to stay away from fish. We should be vegan.