Amidst Declining Fish Stock Populations throughout the World, Team Gemini Offers Sustainable Solutions

Amidst Declining Fish Stock Populations throughout the World, Team Gemini Offers Sustainable Solutions

A study revealing strains on worldwide fish stock populations highlights the need to implement more sustainable production practices on large scales in order to tackle present and future challenges.

Fish is one of the largest sources of protein, and by itself can be a very resource-efficient way to produce sustenance. “Increasing global population coupled with increased per capita seafood consumption result in constant, growing demand for seafood. Global seafood consumption reached 143 million metric tons in 2009, which is an increase of more than 20 million tons in 10 years.”

Findings by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization present that traditional fisheries are producing near their maximum capacity and that future increases in seafood production must come largely from aquaculture. Part of the strain on traditional fisheries comes from decreasing fish stock populations, a topic which is coming under greater (and much-needed) scrutiny from researchers and institutions.

An analysis published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that the ability of fish populations to reproduce and replenish themselves is declining across the globe.

Britten and some fellow researchers looked at data from a global database of 262 commercial fish stocks in dozens of large marine ecosystems across the globe. They say they’ve identified a pattern of decline in juvenile fish (young fish that have not yet reached reproductive age) that is closely tied to a decline in the amount of phytoplankton, or microalgae, in the water.

Knowing just how vulnerable our fisheries are to potential climate change is on the radar of NOAA Fisheries. The agency has put together a Fish Stock Climate Vulnerability Assessment report expected to be released in early 2016. And like many things associated with climate change, there will be winners and losers.

“This is where the idea of ecosystem-based management comes in. It’s not only fishing that is impacting these resources,” says Hare. “We need to take a more holistic view of these resources and include that in our management.”

Supporting and developing Sustainable Agriculture is among Team Gemini’s primary endeavors. We take a multipronged approach to addressing challenges associated with aquaculture—from water conservation and treatment that supports strained resources, to combining efforts with educational partners to arrive at healthier ways in which to produce fish. Team members like AKVA group and A3-USA contribute technologies to treat resources efficiently throughout any time of year, while still offering large production scales.

Beyond conservation, Team Gemini also examines current industry practices to help eliminate harmful and counterintuitive treatment of waste. It is untreated, harmful waste which has caused many issues related to declining fish populations, so moving forward, updating and improving practices for better resource management will be integral in maintaining a healthy population. Rather than have waste pollute groundwater and soil, why not have it become a resource that contributes to a healthy Triple Bottom Line?

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