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The book World Without Fish, published in 2011, by Mark Kurlkansky, paints a grim picture of the state of the fish in our oceans. This book was in the children’s area of Barnes & Noble bookstore. To encourage environmental action, it is important to cultivate hope. This book gives an overabundance of dis-concerning information. However, at the very end Kurlkansky outlines important things we can do to help. KEEP READING, BECAUSE WE CAN HELP BY BEING HOPEFUL!

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He believes it is still a good practice to choose certain fish to eat to steer fishermen away  from certain fish and towards others. One type of fish he recommends is tilapia, which are farm-raised freshwater fish.  Here is the list from his book – for educational purposes:

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Here is some HOPEFUL NEWS that may not have appeared in the book World Without Fish:

Rutgers Today has a April 2013 article entitled, “Rutgers Study Shows Depleted Fish Stocks Can Come Back from the Brink.”  http://news.rutgers.edu/research-news/rutgers-study-shows-depleted-fish-stocks-can-come-back-brink/20130508#.VumhU30rLow

National Geographic News has a March 2013 article entitled, “Once Decimated U.S. Fish Stocks Enjoy Big Bounce Back.”  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130326-fish-stocks-rebound-fisheries-management/

Another concern raised by Evan Mallett, Black Swan restaurant owner, in a blog talk radio show by http://episworldwide.com, March 10, 2016, is that “by 2050 there may be more plastic in the seas than fish.”    Here is an uplifting video that addresses this concern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IjaZ2g and another one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JtzRMj8y_4 .

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