MONTHLY MEET UPDATE - Meetings now 2nd WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
At the meet this week we discussed the next 2 phases of the Antarctic Campaign. The aim is to continue to get petition signatures and backing for the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary during March and April, by raising awareness about Krill and the fact it’s being seriously over-fished.
If we don’t stop this nonsensical behaviour soon we’ll of created irreparable damage to the wildlife in our oceans. The content below is long, it came up that some of you would like more information on Krill so you know what we're fighting for and why. So saddle up!
As we know Krill is the bottom of the food chain. Removing it effects all life in the oceans. With so much plastic in the oceans, our stripping the oceans of Krill leaves a scary ratio of genuine food supply to plastic that’s being consumed, Over 70% of deep-sea fish have ingested plastic https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/over-70-of-deep-sea-fish-have-ingested-plastic-study-finds-1.3396891
Humans harvest Antarctic krill to use as food in fish farms and create krill oil products. Krill has been harvested as a food source for humans and domesticated animals since at least the 19th century, and possibly earlier in Japan, where it was known as okiami. Large-scale fishing developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and now occurs only in Antarctic waters and in the seas around Japan. There are environmental concerns for eating it as well.
Krill is a food source, directly or indirectly, for all carnivorous animals in the ocean. Everything carnivorous in the ocean either eats some krill, or eats things that eat krill. ONE WHALE needs to eat 4 tons of Krill EVERY DAY to survive. Despite being the primary food source for so many predators, the average krill lives as long as 10 years so although there numbers are great, the rate they are being fished is not sustainable.
In my opinion, the government, media, public and whole of the supply chain left it far too long to stop over-fishing Cod. This has affected fans of Cod&Chips, Cod Liver Oil and had a slight impact within the oceans but KRILL IS THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOD CHAIN, IT SUPPORTS ALL LIFE IN THE OCEANS. Waiting until we’ve seriously damaged the numbers of Krill will have dire effects. Sadly the Antarctic krill population has decreased by as much as 80 percent since the 1970s.
We have the opportunity to educate people so they can make informed choices when shopping for goods. WE CAN HELP PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SEAS, WE CAN PUSH TO GET A SANCTUARY IN PLACE CREATING SMALL HAVENS TO PROTECT AND NURTURE WILDLIFE. WE CAN STOP THE KRILL INDUSTRY!
MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS ARE CONSUMER LEAD, THEY ARE OUT TO MAKE MONEY – SO OUR AIM? Stop consumers wanting to purchase these unnecessary items and show them cheaper and more effective alternatives...
IT’S SIMPLE SUPPLY AND DEMAND. We spread the message far enough then we will achieve the goal!
If you fancy getting involved in any way please let me know. This is such an important campaign I really hope you can help as much as you can, even if it’s just sharing social media posts etc!
Please get in touch on 07341289906 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading. I hope to see you at the next monthly meet on the 11th April but even better, get involved with campaign activities straight away, call me today!
Speak soon :)