How Can We Save Fish Habitat?

With support from members of Congress, the general public, marine conservationists, scientists, government agencies, industry and other interested parties, we can better manage our fisheries by conserving fish habitat.

Existing legislation, if implemented as intended, can provide the means for habitat protection. Solutions including community involvement, restoration programs, public education, and innovative management techniques such as marine reserves and no-take zones already exist, but need to put into action.

Our daily routines can also contribute to fish habitat conservation. The good news is that simple, common sense actions such as recycling and making wise consumer decisions play a role in preserving fish habitat!

A commercial fishing vessel boat off Alaska hauls In tons of catch each day. Photo courtesy of Ribert Visser/Greenpeace, 1991.

Mercury poisoning from an aluminum plant contaminates Lavaca Bay in Texas. Photo courtesy of J.C. Walls/Greenpeace, 1992.

Poorly managed fisheries discard tons of unintended catch known as bycatch. For every pound of shrimp you buy, an average of seven pounds of other sea life was killed and shoveled overboard. Photo courtesy of Robert Visser/Greenpeace, 1991.

A metal plant's effluent pipe pollutes Lake Erie. Non-point source pollution, such as factory effluent, stormwater runoff, and agricultural runoff are major contributors to habitat degradation. Photo courtesy of Robert Visser/Greenpeace, 1993.
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