World Fisheries Day
Nov 20, 2020 09:00 - Apr 30, 2020 09:45
(GMT -5:00) Eastern Time
Event URL: https://forms.gle/hk1NbCCq5yhDYyms6
Hosted by: Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants
Join Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants as they team up with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to celebrate World Fisheries Day on November 20th! With the theme of this month being conservation, it's important to spotlight one of the greatest conservation issues our planet faces, overfishing. Millions of people around the world depend on fish as a source of protein and we have a global fishing fleet that can fish a planet 3 times our size, that's just not sustainable. However, through amazing initiatives like National Geographic's Pristine Seas, it's been demonstrated that the ocean is resilient. If we set up marine protected areas the fish species rebound and spill outside the boundaries, creating sustainable supplies.
Jump in an event on the 20th to meet some DFO scientists working on conservation projects across Canada!
Dheeraj Busawon | Fisheries Technician
Dheeraj is a technician with the Department of Fisheries and Ocean's Large Pelagic (open ocean) Group studying the giant bluefin tuna that are being landed off the coast of Prince Edward Island. They're examining a small bone found in the inner ear of the giant tuna fish called an otolith. From these bones they can tell the age of the tuna and the waters where they came from, basically it's like reading rings on a tree! Tuna are wildly popular for sushi and a single large fish can sell for tens of thousands of dollars, which has lead to their overfishing. Dheeraj's work will hopefully help Canada and the United States have a better argument on future sustainable fishing quotas. Prior to this, he studied the octopus fishery of island of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean.