For a lot of people, it’s much easier to sympathize with environmental causes if they can actually associate them with a face of some kind. People tend to like to think about the animals that are affected in environmental tragedies as well as the people. In the case of the watersheds that are threatened all over the world, sympathizing with the different animals might be slightly more challenging.
There aren’t as many adorable and photogenic animals associated with aquatic habitats. Activists who are working to fight global climate change often use polar bears as symbols. For a lot of people who are trying to preserve the watersheds, using the landscapes as symbols will often be more effective. In some cases, people will try to use recognizable animals like salmon.
People will vary on their opinions of the visual appeal of salmon. Some people think that salmon are visually appealing. Other people might find them ugly. One way or another, most people at least have an opinion on them. There is a lot of press about the health benefits of eating salmon today, given the high omega-3 fatty acid content of of salmon. Many people are interested in eating salmon more often, to the point where wild supplies of salmon are in decline.
A lot of people have positive opinions about salmon as a result of all of the health benefits of consuming salmon in general. This might make people somewhat more positive about trying to protect salmon. A lot of people are in a situation where they will tend to care about the environmental issues that will affect them in general. That is certainly the case with salmon.
Sediments getting into waterways are killing fish directly. In some cases, the increased nutrients in the water will have a tendency to disrupt the ecosystem that the fish need in order to survive, which is only going to cause their numbers to dwindle. However, the sediments that are contaminating the water more directly can cause fish to die. The sediments can literally clog the gills of fish, which can make all the difference in the world when it comes to analyzing the effects of pollution on salmon. It seems that salmon and other fish are strongly being hit with the effects of pollution, and that it is difficult for a lot of people to really trust in the stability of the salmon population as a result.
Many people are in a situation where they are trying to find a way to give back to the environment. In the case of helping salmon, people might decide to consume less of it. However, the vegetarian approach to helping animals is actually not the most effective one when it comes to helping them on a large scale. People need to make sure that they can actually target many of the real threats that are facing the animals. In the case of most animals, habitat loss is always more of an issue than ‘predation’ by humans. Consuming less salmon won’t make much of a difference. Working to stop the watersheds from becoming polluted will make much more of a difference for everyone involved. A lot of people are in a situation where they can truly appreciate the natural beauty of salmon and the watersheds in which they live. These people should try to work to preserve everything in these areas, and they can do this all at once by working to preserve the watersheds.
Obviously, it is true that salmon are the victims of over-fishing. Supporting sustainable fishing practices can make a huge difference for a lot of individuals who want to help. However, it is equally important for people to try to get to the root of the problem. The direct loss of fish and other animals through the destruction of where they live ultimately matters the most.