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Amazing Overfishing Animation
Despite an increased awareness of overfishing, the majority of people still know very little about the scale of the destruction being wrought on the oceans. This film presents an unquestionable case for why overfishing needs to end and shows that there is still an opportunity for change.
Bottom Trawling from around the world.
Check out the scars that bottom trawling (ploughing the sea bed for shrimp etc) leaves. The nets scoop everything up from the benthos non-discriminately. Any unwanted species are thrown overboard wastefully. The plumes of sediment trawled up can settle over fauna, smothering them or preventing them from photosynthesising.
Overfishing - So yes. It is that bad.
It can be hard to break out of the mentality that our bountiful sea can always provide, especially when we don’t see first hand the scale of the industry, the damage it causes and the waste of non-target species.
It’s also a global problem, and it can be hard to know where to start to take action. I think the first step is to encourage people to educate themselves and then decide how they want to yield their power as a consumer.
So yes, links galore below:
Overfishing is consistently recognized as a threat to biodiversity, and to coral reef and other marine ecosystem health. These links report the findings of years of study and analysis into bite-sized chunks of information. If you are interested in the subject to click through and read the links within the links.
A short 3D animation about the perils of over-fishing today by The Black Fish.
Some of us know this information, many of us don’t…either way it’s a fantastic visual representation of a major threat to ocean biodiversity.
Do you know how your seafood gets on your plate?
Where’s the fishing?
Look at the patterns of color out in the ocean, massed against Chile’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundary, shown as a green line. There are a variety of fishing restrictions within Chilean waters designed to protect local fishing and fisheries by limiting industrial fishing, but on the high seas beyond the EEZ boundary anything goes. The fishing within Chile’s territorial waters must be relatively good, because this map shows that fishing vessels are trying to get as close as possible without crossing the line, although if you look closely, you can see indications of repeated incursions into Chilean waters (via SkyTruth).
Great rap about overfishing. Check it out!
Hahaha, I loved it.
Everyone should see this film. Everyone.
2048 is the predicted End of The Line. No more seafood.