June 8 is World Ocean Day, and the month of June is National Ocean Month, observed by over 140 countries globally. This worldwide campaign collectively celebrates everyday actions that protect our shared oceans and contribute to a Big Blue Future.
We want everyone to come together for 2021’s World Ocean Day and take pride in our ocean and the seafood it provides. It is only when you, your friends, and your family come together, with your actions (however big or small), that we will preserve our ocean, which is everyone’s valuable global resource.
Did you know that the ocean provides daily protein for over a billion people? The ocean is a vital part of our lives on this planet. It provides a reliable source of food for billions! And 200 million people are employed, directly and indirectly, by the seafood industry.
All that being said, our oceans need our help! According to the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations, 34% of global fisheries have been “fished” beyond sustainable limits. We can help by looking for the blue fish label while shopping for seafood.
Look For The Blue Fish Label
For over 20 years, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has led the movement to tackle overfishing and rebuilding the ocean for future generations. They're an international collaborative of partners, including scientists, NGOs, fisheries, seafood companies, retailers, and restaurants. They continue to work hand in hand to ensure seafood is fresh, delicious, and above all else, sustainable.
Having sustainable seafood means that any seafood caught must come from populations with healthy numbers, fished with minimal environmental impact, and selected from responsibly managed areas.
When you choose seafood products certified with the MSC blue fish label, you’re buying a promise made possible by all the partners listed above. By working together, we’re providing a solution that’s good for our oceans and our pets.
Progress Made in 2020
New data released by the Marine Stewardship Council shows that in 2020 there were 100 improvements made by fisheries as part of being certified to its sustainability standard. Over half of those are related to endangered, threatened, and protected species.
Fifteen improvements directly enhanced fisheries’ understanding and impact management of local marine ecosystems and habitats. This progress comes when there is increasing concern about the unprecedented pressures faced by our oceans. As highlighted by a recent UN Assessment report, there are many areas where urgent action is needed to avoid losing marine biodiversity – with tackling overfishing being a central part of this.
In 2019-20, 17.4% of the global wild marine catch was engaged with the MSC program. Two UN bodies recognized the positive contribution that these fisheries make to protecting the world’s oceans in 2020, showing that MSC-certified fisheries are at the forefront of tackling over-fishing and supporting ocean biodiversity.
What We’re Doing At Vital Pet Life
At Vital Pet Life, we strive to make thoughtful decisions with our products, community, and planet. When we began sourcing our first product, Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil, we wanted to ensure we weren’t depleting the ocean’s salmon supplies. As a conscientious pet wellness company, our first responsibility is to design our products responsibly, with as light a footprint on the planet as possible.
We’re so proud that our Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified, meaning it is 100% sustainable! Our bottling facility is also MSC certified for a full circle of sustainability. Our fur families don’t have to compromise or choose between what’s right for them, their pets, or our planet. There are ways that you can help too!
Simple Actions for YOU To Help Save Our Ocean:
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) shared with us five easy ways to help protect the ocean.
How are you helping to save our oceans on this World Ocean Day 2021? We only have one earth, and we all need to work together to make it more sustainable to help future generations. #worldoceanday #savetheocean #sustainableseafood #lowercarbonfootprint @vitalpetlife