State of the Oceans' Health: In Crisis, Part 2 (VIDEO)

06/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It would not be hard to imagine the impact on the land's ecosystems if humans mostly hunted wolves, and other predators for food at the top of the food chain. As Alison Barratt, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, informs us, that is precisely what we do when we fish for tuna, salmon and other top predators of the sea. Artificially disrupting the mix of predator to prey (in this case, through industrial fishing practices on a massive, global scale), damages the built-in mechanisms that keep animal populations in proper balance, and harms natural ecosystems that support life.

Check out the Seafood Watch Pocket Guides 'All Regions' for a list of sustainable fish choices that are environmentally friendly to harvest, abundant, and well managed.

Originally posted on Cooking Up a Story.