Fish Food for Thought

Posted by Scott Heiser, Director of ALDF's Criminal Justice Program on June 18, 2010

The Earth’s fish are countless – over 30,000 species have been recorded, and unknown numbers remain to be discovered. These fascinating animals are among the most ancient, with fossil evidence dating modern fish back to the Paleozoic Era.

While fish have played a myriad of roles across human cultures for centuries, our contemporary world places an extraordinary demand on fish populations. This demand is perhaps unique in its invisibility to the public, as relatively few people “get their hands wet” with the work that affects fish and their habitats.

Whether they are kept as pets, hunted for food, photographed by divers, farmed in hatcheries, experimented on in research, or admired in koi ponds, there is law to address the endeavor. From plain language “No Fishing” orders to elaborate policy plans, the array of statutes which touch on fish seems almost as vast as the diversity fish themselves display.

The following are just a few examples of fish and their place in the law.

2 thoughts on “Fish Food for Thought

  1. Haustiere says:

    Save the marine life is our responsibility we often add the dirty plastic or garbage in to rivers and beach this thing is harmful for the marine life.

  2. Animals deserve the care from us. we should provide our pet proper food, exercise and take it outside in the park for play.

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