Marine Ecosystems Archives

Hundreds of sea lion pups wash up dead along coasts of Chile and Peru

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/26/americas/dead-sea-lions-chile/index.html

Our Take: While climate change and El Niño play significantly into Chilean and Peruvian coastal waters having less cold-water upwelling nutrients, large-scale commercial harvesting of the forage fish that sea lions rely on to survive cannot help!

How Ahiflower Helps: Ahiflower oil is a “pro-EPA” omega-rich dietary oil. Human clinical science shows that Ahiflower oil converts to the same omega-3 EPA found in fish oil far more efficiently than traditional plant-based omegas like flaxseed oil. On average, Ahiflower oil’s EPA equivalency per gram is about half that of fish oil. This means that people seeking omega-3 EPA benefits from fish oil have a clean-tasting and efficient vegetarian alternative with Ahiflower oil. If millions of fish oil consumers globally switched to Ahiflower oil—which is grown sustainably by independent farmers in the Ahiflower Growers Club—starving sea lions will have a chance to recover and more critical forage fish will be available to nursing mothers.

Scientists uncover why California sea lion pups are starving

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-starving-sea-lion-pups-20160301-story.html 

Our Take: While it may be hard for people to get riled up about plummeting populations of small oily fishes like sardines and anchovies off the US West Coast, it’s hard not to be moved when over 375 sea lion pups have washed ashore in Southern California in 2016 (already!) because they are starving. This LA Times Science article briefly explains the history of sea lion population swings since the 1800’s and uncovers marine biologists’ compelling evidence that dwindling anchovy and sardine forage fish levels decrease sea lion mother’s milk fat content. This does not bode well for these magnificent animals if higher-fat anchovy and sardine populations don’t recover.

How Ahiflower Helps: Anchovy and sardine are among the primary sources of omega-3 fish oils, and the Pacific Ocean is by far the dominant supply region for omega-3 fish oils. In 2014, over 140,000 metric tons of omega-3 oils were used globally, with over 90% of that being fish oils. Almost 60% of this was used in dietary supplements. Every acre of Ahiflower crop produces as much omega-3 rich oil as 80,000 sardines. People switching to Ahiflower oil could help to save countless sea lions from starvation.

Changing recruitment capacity in global fish stocks

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/12/09/1504709112

Our Take: Not only are climate change and historical overfishing reducing regional fish populations in many parts of the world, they are measurably reducing the capacity for fisheries to rebound. Phytoplankton chlorophyll changes and extent of historical overfishing correlated significantly to observed declines in large marine ecosystems (LMEs). The PNAS-reviewed authors report, “…both environmental changes and chronic overfishing have already affected the productive capacity of many stocks at the recruitment stage of the life cycle.” This is an ominous report with huge consequences for the future of life in the oceans. Shifting to terrestrial plant sources of omega nutrition is one small way millions of people can reduce pressure on forage fish species (e.g., anchovy, sardine) and allow ocean species like endangered bluefin tuna to rebound.

How Ahiflower Helps: Shifting to terrestrial plant sources of omega nutrition is one small way millions of people can reduce pressure on forage fish species (e.g., anchovy, sardine) and allow ocean species like endangered bluefin tuna to rebound.

Why farmed salmon is losing its omega-3 edge

http://time.com/3620869/salmon-omega-3/

Our Take:  With farmed salmon seeing steady declines in its omega-3 content, the health benefits per serving are going down as the embedded costs (in carbon footprint, aquaculture feed meals, forage fish populations) go up. Vegetarian omega-3 sources are readily available and allow people to completely avoid the downward ecological spiral that goes along with farmed salmon and other farmed marine protein sources. For truly sustainable omega-3 nutrition, Ahiflower oil represents a new and meaningfully-rich source backed by human clinical science. Ahiflower is being grown on over 5000 acres in the UK by independent farmers who appreciate how Ahiflower contributes to the rural farming economy while also improving crop biodiversity.

How Ahiflower Helps: For truly sustainable omega-3 nutrition, Ahiflower oil represents a new and meaningfully-rich source backed by human clinical science. Ahiflower is being grown on over 5000 acres in the UK by independent farmers who appreciate how Ahiflower contributes to the rural farming economy while also improving crop biodiversity.

Ocean fish numbers on ‘brink of collapse’, WWF reports

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ocean-fish-wwf-1.3230157

Our Take: While most of the drivers of the shocking loss of wild ocean fish species in just the past 50 years are beyond any individual person’s control, people in developed countries can make deliberate choices about what they eat and what they feed to their families. If you or your family consume oily ocean fish regularly for omega-3 health benefits, consider taking Ahiflower oil instead as part of a vegetarian or “flexitarian” diet that will help reverse the shocking declines noted by WWF. If millions of people make small lifestyle changes towards a more sustainable diet, the cumulative benefits to our oceans and all the life forms they support will be immense.

How Ahiflower Helps: If millions of people make small lifestyle changes towards a more sustainable diet, the cumulative benefits to our oceans and all the life forms they support will be immense. If you or your family consume oily ocean fish regularly for omega-3 health benefits, consider taking Ahiflower oil instead as part of a vegetarian or “flexitarian” diet that will help reverse the declines noted by WWF.

Over 1/3 of fish oil fisheries poorly managed: report

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Suppliers2/Fish-stocks-for-supplements-poorly-managed-Report

Our Take: Global demand pressure on wild-harvested omega-3 fisheries like sardine, anchovy, and mackerel will only increase with human population increasing from 7+ billion today to 12+ billion by 2050. Adding increasing climate change volatility into the mix, omega-3 fisheries managers will face an uphill battle keeping marine ecosystems that rely on forage fish populations intact. Ahiflower oil offers people an excellent alternative for omega-3 nutrition—a plant-based source whose cultivation is scalable and sustainable for decades to come. Ahiflower helps take pressure off omega-3 fisheries.

How Ahiflower Helps: Ahiflower oil offers people an excellent alternative for omega-3 nutrition—a plant-based source whose cultivation is scalable and sustainable for decades to come. Ahiflower helps take pressure off omega-3 fisheries.