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Global overfishing. Click source to enlarge. Source: Situating the Global Environment.

By Gundhramns Hammer
January 20, 2014
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"At this moment , the main problem with the oceans us that they are getting emptier and emptier. If we don´t do anything, then we face one of the biggest disaters in the history of mankind"
Dutch photographer and conservationist

Nothing can be added to Don Winkel´s statement above. The message is clear and straightforward.

It remains for each of us humans to do his or her part. And we must. 

For our part, soon we realised that without letting bloom our own biophilia in our own hearts, our empathy towards other species, we as a species might be doomed or are already on a collision course. 

So our next move was to become vegetarians a few decades ago. We are happy we did. We are healthier too.

We are fully aware that what we have done has not changed or will not change anything unless you and the rest change at the same time. This is the hard part.

It is common knowledge that religion and politics are delicate subjects and that people have gone and still go to war because of this. 

So is what people eat.  It is also a delicate matter.

People get upset if you tell them what they should or must eat. Unless they see themselves cornered by disease, they will not change their food habits. 

And even then, they still tend to go their own way until the illness catches up with them and finds them eating what they were not supposed to eat or meant to eat.

People generally have entrenched food and eating habits learned in childhood at home. What we eat we learn to eat as part of a social programming we all experience as children. 

As we grow older these habits are reinforced by the media, the people around us and the cultural soup we are immersed in, so we all end up being robotised, not being able to question what we do. And what we do we are taught to do.

The irony of this is that it is good for the economy for the most part not to question what we do. We are not supposed to question what we are taught and have learned to do as a result of our own programming as biological robots.

Even scientists basically follow predictable routes in their questioning of what they were trained to question in their quest for "the truth", for the "sake of humanity" or for their own pocket. After all science is done in a social milieu.

So what are we left with? 

We are left with lot of overprogrammed people around the world. People who are not willing to change anything in their lives unless someone really strong comes along and shakes up their own tree. 

Are you one of these overprogrammed people or are you flexible and logical enough to consider a change in food habits so that the oceans continue flourishing with life?

Or do you want to hand in an empty ocean to your future generations?

We hope your will regard the following matter (Video 1) as something very important for all of us living on Earth, be it human and nonhuman. 

This matter is something we cannot and should not dismiss as unimportant and thus sweep it under the carpet.

What you will do next, it is entirely up to you, of course.

We hope that what you get to do is for the benefit of not only you but also the other species on the planet as well, for these are also YOU.

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Sea the Truth is based on numerous scientific publications that examine the problems of seas and oceans. Below follows an overview of the themes addressed in the film and a brief explanation.


According to a report of the New Zealand news channel 3News sea mammals, among which whales, are dying of malnutrition. The makers claim that this is caused by overfishing. Watch the report here:


Fishing policy around the world is destructive. Recommendations from scientists on quotas are ignored by policy makers, wealthy countries plunder the fishing territories of poor countries and bottom trawlers sow destruction all over the seafloor with their dragnets. In Europe, 88% of fish stocks have been overharvested, such as the blue fin tuna which sadly is threatened with extinction.


In addition to the effect on the fish stocks, fishing also affects all other organisms in the same habitat or ecosystem. Whether the fish being harvested are predatory or prey, the balance of the ecosystem is disrupted and this can have serious consequences. The degree of disruption strongly depends on the fishing method employed.


The term bycatch has come to be used to refer to fish caught unintentionally when fishermen fish for commercial fish. These kinds of fish are not interesting to sell and as a consequence they are thrown back into the ocean either death or mutilated. The average bycatch worldwide is about 40.4% of the total amount of fish being caught. This means that 3 kilos of consumed fish brings about 2 kilos of bycatch. In total, 37 billion kilos of fish per year is wasted bycatch.


People once thought that fish could not feel anything when they are caught. This idea was probably motivated because fish are cold blooded; this is in contrast with humans who are warm blooded. However, the ability to feel pain does not have anything to do with body temperature. From research studying the behavior of fish, as well as the study of anatomy and physiology, it turns out that fish have feelings and are in fact able to feel pain. This means that the current methods to catch and kill fish are in truth a torture for fish, moreover captured fish die of suffocation: a process that can take up to several minutes or hours.


Between Hawaii and San Francisco floats an enormous amount of rubbish -- a plastic soup with a surface area of 8.6 million square kilometres. To compare: This is 33 times greater than the surface area of the Netherlands (41,528 km2). This plastic soup was 'discovered' by Charles Moore when he sailed through this area with his boat and found himself surrounded day in day out by plastic waste. He later returned with scientific equipment to determine the soup's total size. The plastic soup is a huge threat to a number of marine animals and mammals.


We're told we should eat fish twice a week as it is packed with nutrition. These healthy nutrients are however easily obtained from other food sources, whereas fish may also contain large amounts of toxins. Mercury and dioxins 'enjoy' the status of most researched toxins in fish.

                                                                          Video 1. Sea: The truth.


Watch video, with a translator available:

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This is Dos Winkel´s message:

"Ladies and gentlemen, what shall we do? Is there a solution? Yes, there is! We just have to stop fishing and we have to stop eating fish. Remember, your fork is your most powerful weapon and this is the only way. At least that´s the way I look at it".

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