Protecting and Preserving Natural Resources Like Seafood in Alaska


Sometimes, a natural resource can become a central pillar to a thriving economy. This could not be truer of the seafood industry in the US state of Alaska. With thousands of Alaska's residents either participating in or depending on the seafood industry, not only the fish have a vested interest in protecting their specific habitats and ecosystems for generations to come. Where industry, science and politics merge Alaska has become a global leader in the promotion and implementation of effective sustainability practices.

Not only Alaskans are benefiting from Alaska's seafood. Seafood lovers all over the country and the world are getting the better end of the deal too! With more than half of the wild seafood in the US harvested in Alaska's waters, many lovers of species like crab, halibut, salmon, shellfish and more would be quite sad if it were not to exist. When seafood comes wild from pure, icy waters the taste and texture are far better. To ensure that wild species can continue to thrive despite the stress to their populations that fishing and harvesting can create, Alaska has protected its species and fisheries with sustainability practices.

In Alaska, concentrating on the sustainability of resources is not part of a recent global trend towards all that is 'organic,' 'green,' and environmental conscious. Alaska's seafood has been protected by the state constitution since 1959, meaning that decades of great, sustainable fishing are behind the state. When a natural resource naturally replenishes itself each and every season everyone wins. The cost of maintaining a farm to raise fish is eliminated, the supply is kept at adequate levels to meet the demand, and the entire industry is protected for generations to come. From the natural and environmental perspective, Alaska's seafood is part of not only an economic system but many natural ecosystems. Allowed these ecosystems to survive and flourish is not only the right thing to do, but can help fisheries avoid the unforeseeable and potentially disastrous consequences of widespread destruction on the future of Alaska seafood.

When it comes to Alaska's seafood populations, salmon, crab, groudfish and halibut are the largest fisheries. Anyone close to the Alaskan seafood industry, or even just the average lover of seafood from around the country or world knows that the very best of the best when it comes to these species, comes from Alaska. When scientists, politicians, and fisheries work together they are able to keep each other in line, achieving the end of sustainability and safe practices for all involved.

Source by Allie Moxley

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