The Ocean Situation by Danny Quintana

Danny Quintana’s Global High Seas Marine Preserve, a non-profit with a mission to save oceans and marine life by banning industrial fishing in international waters. The founding of the GHSMP resulted from the publication of Quinana’s latest book, Space & Ocean Exploration: The Alternative to the Military-Industrial Complex.

Enlargeable photo of a Blue Fin Tuna on the hook off the side of a boat. Fish are the main protein source for a one-third of all humanity, about 2.2 billion people. Several of the foundations the Global High Seas Marine Preserve is asking to get involved with us work with poor countries in developing adequate food resources. The collapse of the fisheries will have a profound effect on the entire planet and create instability in already fragile governments and marine and land ecosystems. Given the problems with unstable governments and chaos in the developing world, everyone in the humanitarian sector has a stake in reducing already vulnerable situations.

Image link of book cover of Space and Ocean Exploration: The Alternative to the Military-Industrial Complex., which gave rise to the Global High Seas Marine Preserve by Danny Quintana. Every year over 40-billion pounds of fish and marine mammals are discarded as not sought after bi-catch, truly a fishing industry scandal of immense proportions. This situation is unsustainable and, quite frankly, profoundly immoral. There is no place on Earth not impacted by over fishing. The industrial harvesting of marine life is destroying the wildlife of the oceans while top-of-the-food-chain predators have declined over 90 percent.

A number of studies predict fish as food will run out by 2048, however, this is happening at a much faster rate because the world’s human population increases by about 80 to 100 million annually. Since 1970 half of the world’s wild fish have been slaughtered. In this short 45-year span the world’s population has increased from 4-billion to 7.4 billion, and by 2050 hit an astounding 9-billion hungry people.  

If industrial harvesting of marine life continues apace the world’s great fishing grounds will soon be devoid of life and collapse as sustainable ecosystems. Should a worse case scenario unfold then billions of people, many from undeveloped countries or small island nations who depend on the oceans for food and money, will starve to death all over the world.

A man-made genocidal disaster of Biblical proportions will be the result of Man’s folly. Governments will fall, economic dislocation will reverberate in every part of the world, violence and war will break out in the fight for resources and the developed nations will hunker down to survive.  

All of us have the same data. We are all well aware of what shark-finning and bi-catch as well as commercial fishing is doing to the oceans. The question really is, what are we going to do about it? Without closing off the High Seas to commercial fishing, which is the primary goal of the Global High Seas Marine Preserve, the fisheries globally will not recover.

The fisheries are not on the edge of collapse, they are in the midst of the collapse that has already seen the tipping point long ago, has already reached a state of being akin to a patient in a coma, strapped to a respirator with the doctor shaking his head. Now doctors are often wrong, and if bold action and a new way of thinking is embraced then it just might be possible to snatch survival from the jaws of terminus.

The ocean is not limitless. There is a growing awareness among younger people about the collapse of the fisheries. Young people should be concerned. They know it is their future and they don’t want the fish stocks to collapse.

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