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Exploited Fisheries

 

Despite what your BFF tells you, there may not be plenty more fish in the sea. Our oceans are being picked clean. 90% of the world’s fisheries are now fully exploited or have collapsed entirely. 

In India, the fisheries sector has seen an unprecedented growth - with the total catch increasing from just 50,000 tonnes in 1950 to more than 3.4 million tonnes in 2015. But before you celebrate on behalf of the country’s GDP, consider the far more significant danger of Indian marine life being over-exploited to a point of no return.

Like a lot of you reading this, seafood remains an important source of protein for much of our population, but we Indians need to be more responsible about our seafood choices. Until now, there was no resource available to help with this.

Recently however, an initiative called Know Your Fish came out with a simple and effective solution - an ocean-sensitive seafood calendar. The calendar reveals the best times in the year to eat your favourite fish. We know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes, you can safely eat bombay duck (बोंबिल) from this illustration and mackerel (बांगडा) until the end of #36DaysOfType.