Overfishing—catching fish faster than they can reproduce—is an urgent and devastating issue, and may be the single biggest threat to ocean ecosystems… The global fishing fleet is operating at 2.5 times the sustainable level—there are simply too many boats chasing a dwindling number of fish.
In the same way that we use reusable metal water bottles and sippy cups for kids on-the-go, the team at Keep Cup is promoting reusable coffee containers for adults on-the-go in this promo video called Salute the Reuser.
This is a wonderful idea no matter what container you keep with you. Our family recently started taking our insulated Klean Kanteens to coffee shops instead of using disposable paper cups and plastic lids, so this video definitely speaks to us.
Called living fossils, horseshoe crabs are harmless creatures that have been swimming oceans for a few hundred million years. They predate dinosaurs and are closely related to spiders or scorpions. Every May and June, they crawl onto the beaches “from the Yucatan to Maine" to mate and lay eggs in the sand in mass numbers.
At the same time, hungry Red Knot birds on the way to the Arctic from the southern tip of South America are looking for those millions of little green horseshoe crab eggs so that they can eat. The nourishment helps them gain energy so that they can finish their long migration and breed, as well.
In this KQED Science on the Spot, Rendezvous With Horseshoe Crabs, learn about these two species and what local teams are doing to protect the balance of their interdependency.