Wake: Changing Attitudes towards Fish through Education

Wake: Changing Attitudes towards Fish through Education

By: kathryn Lim
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Part One

Wake has a lot of exciting initiatives going on, so for the month of March, we will be bringing you a series of stories about what they are up to.

The Wake Project is an organization of individuals committed to changing the dire Oceanic situation our habits  have caused.  Their goal is to reduce the demand for unsustainable and inhumanely caught species, such as shark and tuna.  A major aspect of Wake’s work is to reach local communities through positive action.

Why should we care? The Wake Project offers out a few reasons:

  • The disappearance of sharks can detrimentally affect our own species place in the world
  • Not everyone is of the opinion that humans have the right to use the world’s resources however they wish
  • Some see oceanic creatures as being unable to speak for themselves
  • The poor policing of oceans, seas and international waters for illegal fishing needs to be addressed

Wake gives us a couple of ways we can make an impact:

  • Change your lifestyle: Make a conscious decision to be mindful of the foods you consume and what impact it has in the long-term.  You can choose to eat sustainable fish – Oceanwise, Vancouver Aquarium’s conservation program offers seafood and restaurant guides, and to not to eat shark-fin soup (you can read more about why here).
  • Instead of arguing, simply have a conversation: Instead of arguing about why you should or should not support sustainable and humane fishing, simply aim to educate first.  Many people probably don’t know about the situation our ocean’s are in.  Wake emphasizes simply talking about the importance of sharks and the impact the fishing industry has had on their populations. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be putting pressure on the government and restaurants to change their fishing practices, but education is a big step towards major change.

Don’t be afraid to take a stand, even if it’s a small one.  Change your lifestyle and start talking to others about sharks and the fishing systems. Educating each other can go a long way.

To learn more about the Wake Project, you can go to their website and like them on Facebook. If you want to learn more about this issue, you can also contact Linsday at lindsay@wakeproject.net.

By Kathryn Lim

Posted on March 04, 2011