We’re taking too many wild plants and animals from nature.
Overharvesting, also called overexploitation, refers to harvesting something, such as wild medicinal plants, in an excessive or unsustainable manner to a harmful degree. All living organisms require resources to survive, and if we continue to overharvest these resources for extended periods of time it can have irreversible impacts like the destruction or depletion of the resource, as well as the extinction at the population level and even extinction of whole species. Therefore, not only is the resource harvested being threatened, but so are the other species that rely on that resource, and humans can be directly impacted as well.
Don’t worry! There’s plenty of fish in the sea… Have you ever come across this phrase? Because you should definitely worry, and here’s why.
Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction. It is a profitable practice, but it has serious consequences if it isn’t practiced sustainably. It not only affects the balance of life in the oceans, but also the social and economic well-being of the coastal communities who depend on fish to live.
Hong Kong people have a profound connection to the sea. We are the second-highest per capita consumers of seafood in Asia, eating an annual average of 71 kg of seafood derived from fisheries around the world. Hong Kong is also responsible for 50 per cent of the world’s shark fin trade.
Can you imagine an ocean without fish? For 3 billion people, a world without fish is a world without food… Now, can you imagine a world without food?
Link to the Knowledge Hub Glossary: https://connectwithnature.hk/knowledge-hub/knowledge-hub-glossary-0