STOP THE OCEAN'S BIGGEST ENEMY: SHRIMP TRAWLING!

  • by: Tristin Jade
  • recipient: The people in charge of the fishing industry

Most people don't know this, but Shrimp trawling is the most destructive form of fishing in the ocean.

Below are real facts from legitimate websites about how horrible trawling nets - and how mindlessly cruel the people who run them - really are:


According to http://saveourseas.com/threats/overfishing:



  • It's estimated that anywhere from 8 to 25 percent of the total global catch is discarded, cast overboard either dead or dying.

  • The effect of bottom trawling on the seafloor has been compared to forest clear-cutting, and the damage it causes can be seen from space.


According to http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/fish/commercial-fishing/:



  • The nets rip hundreds of tons of animals out of the ocean, squeezing some of them so tightly against the sides of the nets that their eyes bulge and burst out of their skulls. For hours, trapped fish are dragged along the ocean floor with netted rocks, coral, and ocean debris. Many fish’s scales are completely ground off. When hauled out of the water, surviving fish undergo excruciating decompression. The intense internal pressure ruptures their swim bladders, pops out their eyes, and pushes their esophagi and stomachs out through their mouths.


  • Sharks, sea turtles, birds, seals, whales, and other nontarget fish who get tangled in nets and hooked by long-lines are termed “bycatch” and are thrown overboard. They fall victim to swarming birds or slowly bleed to death in the water.




  • Scientists have found that nearly 1,000 marine mammals—dolphins, whales, and porpoises—die each day after they are caught in fishing nets. By some estimates, shrimp trawlers discard as much as 85 percent of their catch, making shrimp arguably the most environmentally destructive fish flesh a person can consume.




Now the unthinkable has hppened: trawling nets are available to practically ANYONE! You can buy them on Craigslist.com for 50 dollars! THIS HAS TO STOP NOW. Get the word out, and tell people to STOP EATING SHRIMP, because according to http://saveourseas.com/threats/overfishing: Lowering the demand will lower the damage!


JOIN ME IN THE FIGHT FOR SAVING THE OCEAN AND THE PLANET - not just for the sake of our own species, but for ALL the life on Earth!!!

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