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. 
via overfishing.org

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. 

via overfishing.org

thebitchqueenofangmar asked:

My friend doesn't believe me that overfishing is a problem and I'm too distressed that she's uninformed to do much but flail around. Do you have a link or several links to overfishing studies, articles, or anything that will prove to her how important of an issue this really is? Thank you!

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:

http://overfishing.org/

UNEP’s take on the subject

NOAA on overfishing

Video:

The End of the Line (2009)

Losing Nemo - by The Black Fish

Overfishing PSA

Ending Overfishing

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. 

LOSING NEMO

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?

marine-conservationists-united

letslook4treasure:

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).