Endangered Species Identification
There are a number of factors which contribute towards the endangerment and even extinction of certain animals and species all around the world.
From habitat loss to overfishing, human activities have been detrimental to ecosystems and the natural environment as a whole for quite some time now. It is important for us to be aware of the impacts that our actions have and to become more conscious in our thoughts and activities. We need to take responsibility for the devastation that has occurred before us and take action to prevent any further harm being done. It is important to familiarise yourself with the species that are in desperate need of our help and attention! By understanding WHO to help, we can learn HOW to help!
Let’s start with our plates.
With the help of SASSI (South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative), us as consumers are able to make conscious and sustainable seafood purchases. SASSI has developed guidelines which use GREEN, ORANGE and RED to indicate the sustainability of seafood. Not only do they take fish populations and fishing methods into account but the various social implications and the transportation process too.
Healthy fish populations and sustainable fishing methods
There are concerns that fish populations cannot handle fishing pressure and or fishing methods are damaging to the environment
Fish populations are critically threatened, if not collapsed. These are ‘no sell’ species and should also be respected by recreational anglers
A look at South Africa’s Endangered Marine Life
(SASSI Red List Species)
Brindle bass rockcod
Potato bass rockcod
St Jospeh shark
West Coast steenbrass
West Coast rock lobster
White spotted smooth-hound
(Diplodus curvinus hottentotus )
Great white shark
Two Oceans Aquarium goes into further detail of each red list species and why they are threatened.