By Lucilla Partridge
In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Lucilla Partridge who is giving her own perspective.
Before I begin, I want to introduce myself. My name is Lucilla Partridge and I am 12 years old. I have always had a passion for the environment and endangered species; and I believe that we can make a difference if we speak up.
Today I want to write about cod. Cod (especially cod from the Atlantic) is critically endangered. Many years ago, the sea was stocked with thousands of fish, including cod, but as the population grew, the population of fish decreased due to huge changes in fishing methods and the use of trawlers to empty the seas.
One of the most popular school meals is Fish and Chips. Do you ever wonder where this fish has come from? Is it endangered? Most people don’t ever wonder.
When I was in year 6 I spoke to my headmistress about serving cod every week and whether she knew if the fish was sustainably caught. She said I should speak to the school-catering manager. I spoke to him, and he told me that he could do nothing to help, that if the kitchen stopped serving cod, the fishermen would lose their jobs. Is that really true? I don’t think so. Only by looking after fish stocks will their jobs be safe. Overfishing will kill COD and there will be no fish for them to fish!
The head teacher and the catering manager will only stop serving cod if we children act together and make them understand why we need to stop.
We must change things quickly, before it’s to late!
WWF writes on this:
Global cod catch has suffered a 70% drop over the last 30 years, and if this trend continues, the world’s cod stocks will disappear in 15 years. Despite a moratorium of over 15 years, cod stocks in Canada's Grand Banks have still not recovered and there are fears the ecosystem has been permanently altered by humanity's greed.
It’s not just that cod is endangered; there are other types of species, too that may not survive our over fishing. Blue fin tuna and plaice are examples of other critically endangered species. Many endangered fish are sold in many shops all around the world, but people don’t realise that the fish they are eating are over-fished. This is why we need to speak up and teach people what they are doing wrong.
How? We must ask our school why they serve cod? We must ask if the cod is sustainable farmed? We should do the same for other critically endangered species.