Mission Explore Sustainable Seafood

We've just made a new resource for National Geographic....

It's a set of materials for exploring issues surrounding sustainable seafood.

The ocean plays a critical role in everyone's life, no matter where they are located. Covering 70 percent of our planet, the ocean provides the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat. These hidden connections are made very tangible through the food on our plates. Seafood is a staple diet of more than one billion people worldwide, and nearly as many rely on fish and shellfish as their main source of income.

With all these dependencies on its resources, the ocean is heavily strained. More than 75 percent of the world's fisheries are currenlty overfished and being depleted faster than their populations can replenish. Scientists predict that if fishing rates continue as they have been, all of the world's fisheries will have collapsed by the year 2048. The primary issues affecting the sustainability of marine fisheries include overfishing, illegal fishing, habitat damage, bycatch, and management.

These 20 seafood-related missions find their basis in your local community and explore some of the issues our ocean is facing in a fun, hands-on way. Everyone is connected to the ocean andMission:Explore Food—Sustainable Seafood makes these connections apparent through personal discovery, investigation, and adventure. Dive into the ocean-y secrets of your kitchen, backyard, and grocery store if you dare!