Sustainable Seafood

 ACSSC-IU members promoting sustainable seafood on campus
ACS students promoting sustainable seafood choices on campus
   

Overfishing is one of the biggest issues of our time. ACS students believe that equipping their peers and community with the knowledge and materials to become informed consumers is essential. Students encourage their community to “vote with their dollar” by consuming consciously. The public is more likely to change if they are given options instead of restrictions which is ACS student groups encourage seafood lovers to choose sustainable options.

For more information, go to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch website.

   
    
     

Marine Plastics & Debris

    
     
ACSSC-UH Manoa students
ACS University of Hawaii-Manoa students work with Honolulu city to help mark storm drains
    

ACS students use both community education and community action to tackle the looming issue of marine pollution. This campaign has 2 major components, water system health and community education.  Students educate the various implications that marine pollution has upon the ecology of the marine environment in addition to the welfare of its inhabitants. 

 

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Students testing the biological, physical, and chemical elements in the local Indiana campus river for the water quality
 
   

Cetaceans in Captivity

The topic of captive cetaceans is very complex and current. ACS Student groups explore this complex topic by screening various captivity related films, inviting guest speakers, and if possible, visiting facilities to learn from the husbandry staff themselves. This way students are encouraged to consider both sides of this issue by hearing from experts that work in the industry as well as against it. and explore the facts. Too often issues become contentious and polarized, which is a disservice to the cetaceans and to ourselves. Learning about this topic intended to encourage and facilitate in depth respectful discussions and action on this important issue. 

The ethics and moral integrity of captivity involves many other topics that require further insight and discussion such as educational value, conservation programs, and research that benefits the survival of these species. The ACS Student Coalition understands that the justifications for captivity or its ethics is not black and white or a simple issue. Many gray areas remain, however, there are some more clear-cut wrongs that have been documented in specific facilities. This warrants action and community education. For example, unsanitary and tiny ‘habitat’ conditions are practices that are more clearly problematic. Facilities that are for profit or that continue to participate in the cruel and ecologically unsound practice of removing wild cetaceans should not continue receiving public support. 

Cetaceans possess a wide range of complex cognitive capabilities that allow an immense capacity for suffering. It is imperative that captive facilities can provide an environment that fosters the social structures and culture which are integral to the well-being of such highly social organisms.