Abalone, although being very delectable for human consumption and even the shells for jewelry. Abalone has many health benefits for humans and its aquatic environment.
However Abalone have become endangered due to the mass consumption not just used as food but for jewelry as well. Is there still time to fix our environment?
The info-graph above explains the process of abalone farming. It also explains how Abalone farming is sustainable for the environment. An example would be how kelp is used to keep the abalone population maintained, this is good because it stops the overgrowth of kelp and doesn't suffocate the environment with overgrowth.
Abalone where hunted almost to extinction in the 1970's as well as 2009. This is a huge issue because abalone is needed to keep kelp in check and also helps other aquatic animals feed and repopulate. However researchers have found it is best to grow abalone in tanks. This is because it minimally effects the environment and allows wild abalone to grow as well.
The abalone population is slowly dissapearing, this is because of disease and withering syndrome in abalones today. Therefore there have been many regulations to help maintain the abalone population and the environment that needs them.
Abalone are eaten by humans often due to the nutrition of them and how they positively affect the human body. Some affects to the human body is healthy skin and eyes. However abalone helps to reduce heart disease, cancer prevention, and many more critical or major human health problems.
SUMMARY: Due to over-fishing, withering syndrome, and other disease in an abalone population, the west coast of the US have come to the edge of extinction for abalone. However due to new research towards abalones need conditions. There has been found new ways to help and sustain the abalone population from withering syndrome. SUSTAINABILITY: I believe that this is both sustainable and non-sustainable due to the testing on abalone for results. However, due to the findings for a better environment of abalone that would increase population. This would also allow the improvements towards environment and the allowed catching of abalone for human consumption. CAUSES AND CONNECTIONS: Due to the abalone diseases and the needed testing for research there is a negative impact in the population at first. However when knowing and understanding the conditions need for each abalone species. We then can allow them to recover and thrive on their own to increase the positive impacts.
SUMMARY: Due to stricken rules of the government and its allowing commercial catch to fishers, the abalone population has started to look up. Due to the decreased catch rate, abalone has been able to thrive and sustain the aquatic environment. They have also causes less of a dead zone by keeping kelp (seaweed) surpluses in check. SUSTAINABILITY: This has so far been sustainable even so to reduce Prime-safe licenses need to catch abalone. This shows a dramatic improvement to the abalone population and allows more research involvement. Therefore the government involvement in the regulations of fishing has allowed positive improvement. CAUSES AND CONNECTIONS:The positive improvement of the increase of the abalone population means the aquatic environment is become more sustainable due to the increase of abalone keeping kelp (seaweed) in check. And even allows more people in a population to have wild abalone. Also abalone is very good for the human body which can help and support the human populations and even save lives.
California has voted to close down there recreational fishery till April 1, 2018. They have closed it to the significant impact created on the abalone population and the ongoing environmental damage. They have closed it in hopes to improve the population and to turn the aquatic environment around.
Although abalone die from diseases and and low population densities in the wild. However the most depletion of the abalone population still come from humans and over-fishing. Therefore the NOAA have decided to help the situation by attempting to eliminate illegal take, protecting the habitats by putting regulations in place, educating and cooperation with law enforcement, and getting involved in research.
Abalone is a very important part within an aquatic environment, yet they are dying. Therefore we can lend a helping hand towards our own hero's for once and help them survive. Please allow their population to grow by eating less of them (even though they are delicious) and to stop were their shells as a beautiful necklace. Lets show we care about them as much as they care about us.