Sunday, April 25

Johnny Depp Fights Pirates of the High Seas

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star has supported the Environmental Justice Foundation's "Save the Sea" campaign that focus on the illegal plundering of the ocean by pirate fishing vessels.
According to the reports of EJF 90% of the world's large ocean species like cod, halibut and swordfish have been lost since the 50's by these pirates. It was noted that Moroccan driftnet vessels have caught a total of 237 dolphins; 498 blue sharks; 542 short-fin mako; 464 thresher sharks; 46 loggerhead turtles and 2,990 swordfish.

Supporting EJF, Johnny Depp has publicly called for authorities to respond to this crisis before it is too late. He said:

"Our seas and the people that depend upon them are facing a critical threat. Pirate fishing operations are plundering fish stocks the world over, which in turn undermine all attempts at their sustainable management, already under pressure from widespread misdirection. The devastating impact of this illegal form of fishing is felt not only by our marine ecosystems, but also by the millions of people living in some of the world's poorest countries who rely on healthy fish sticks as an essential source of both food and employment."

He also mentioned that "this is not a problem without cure, but we have to act now if we are to protect our marine-life's biodiversity and food security for future generations. This is why I support the work of the Environmental Justice Foundation to raise awareness and provide 'real-world' solutions to the issue. Their efforts to engage in effective action to protect both people and planet will help to bring an end to pirate fishing, once and for all."

EJF's several recommendations are the following:
1. When shopping for fish, always look on the label to ensure you are buying certified, sustainable fish.
2. Ask your supermarket or fishmonger if they know where the fish they sell is legally and sustainably caught.
3. Buy EJF's organic cotton 'Save The Sea' t-shirt from EJF where all proceeds go to the charity.

Steve Trent, the founder of EJF has this to say: "If consumers, businesses and politicians take Johnny Depp's lead, we can end this problem before it's too late."

Source: Article of Tim Saunders at Look To The Stars

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