30 Oct '13, 11am

The ocean is not broken. Consumer behaviour is. - Comment - The Ecologist

The ocean is not broken. Consumer behaviour is. - Comment - The Ecologist

These plagues are certainly real, but their severity is exaggerated through a feedback loop involving the spinning of research headlines to compete for media attention. In an emotional article making waves on social media at the moment, yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen reports seeing no marine life at sea, only floating rubbish, while sailing across the Pacific. He concludes that "the ocean is broken". I understand Ivan’s feelings, as I too have sailed tens of thousands of miles onboard research vessels and on my sailboat, enjoying the slow and silent pace of life propelled by wind and waves. The two issues Macfadyen raises - overfishing and plastic pollution - are real problems. More than three-quarters of the oceans' fish stocks have been depleted, sometimes beyond recovery. The global tuna industry, particularly, is better portrayed as the War On Tuna than a fishery. And the wo...

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