Fish: Friends or Food?

Carroll, Linda. "Widespread Fish Consumption Drives Fears of Empty Oceans." NBC News. N.p., 28 Jan. 2015. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.

Summary: This was an editorial piece. We all love our fish. Our world loves its fish. But can we have our beloved fish and eat them as Well? This article discusses the possibility of the world running the fish population out. According to one frightening estimate, the oceans could be virtually emptied of fish by 2050, says Jillian Fry, project director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. The push to eat more fish is based on research showing that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can help prevent heart disease, improve cognition in adults and aid in the brain development of babies. Doctor’s won’t stop recommending us to eat fish as it does give us omega-3 fatty acids but they are also aware of the fact that we don’t have an endless supply of fish either. A recent study published in the journal Science warned that massive marine extinctions could be in our future if we don't clean up the environment and get smarter about how we harvest sea life. Although an alternative has been found for this dilemma: fish farming. Many argue that this isn't the most effective alternative because the food that the fish at the farms are fed are other fish. If we are trying to save our fish, then why are we feeding them themselves? The article finally states that “until fish farmers start feeding fish plant-based foods, aquiculture won't be a real solution to the sustainability problem.”

Ethical Issue: Of course there's two sides to this debate: fishing for the health of humanity or not fishing to conserve the fish population. The ethical issues that arises from this is the sustainability of the fish. We have had a history of overusing one item to the point where it runs out and the same situation is going for fish. We have to find other alternative foods that will provide us the omega-3 fatty acids that the fish provide for us. We can't simply run the entire fish population out just for the sole purpose of human health--that is selfish. If we continue our ways we will ultimately override the fish population and fish will be nothing but the past.

Position: My position in this issue is to stand by the fish and find alternative foods that can supply us with the health benefits that fish provide for us. In order to make the ethical decision in this situation, we must understand that we won't have an unlimited resource of fish and that they can run out faster than we know. We have tons of different types of food in our world and it can't be that hard to find substitute foods that provide us the health benefits that fish give us.

Question: Now that we are aware of the decreasing population of fish, should we now change our tactics and find other foods that provide us the health benefits that fish give us or should we carry on with our tactics as there is a possibility that we will find a solution and the fish population won't lessen at such an alarming rate?