GETTING YOUR OMEGA 3’S?

23 03 2008

At what cost?  The story says that worldwide krill stock has already dropped an estimated 80% due to global warming.  Krill are the foundation of the ocean/planetary life pyramid.  If they’re disappearing from climate change AND we’re sucking them up as never before, what are the whales, seals, and penguins supposed to do?  Trust us?  Like we’ve been trustworthy stewards of the planet!?

The Antarctic, one of the planet’s last unspoilt ecosystems, is under threat from mankind’s insatiable appetite for harvesting the seas.

The population of krill, a tiny crustacean, is in danger from the growing demand for health supplements and food for fish farms. Global warming has already been blamed for a dramatic fall in numbers because the ice that is home to the algae and plankton they feed on is melting. Now ‘suction’ harvesting which gathers up vast quantities has been introduced to meet the increased demand. It threatens not just krill, but the entire ecosystem that depends on them, say environmental campaigners. Krill are also believed to be important in removing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by eating carbon-rich food near the surface and excreting it when they sink to lower, colder water to escape predators.

‘Whales, penguins, seals, albatrosses and petrels – all those creatures we think are absolute icons of Antarctica – depend on krill,’ said Richard Page, a marine reserves expert with Greenpeace International. ‘It’s part of the global commons, and one of the most pristine environments on Earth. That’s why we should treat it with the greatest of respect.’

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