I love fishing and eating fish. Unfortunately, with 7+ billion people, fishing at that scale has taken its toll. To accommodate the demand, massive gathering systems like nets need to be used. What's unacceptable is the bycatch that comes with these systems. It's not about pointing fingers, but we need to find better solutions. As a systems guy, I'm going to work towards helping focus on the solution instead of just complain.
What are your thoughts on bycatch?
Thanks @seashepherd @finalliance @zerowaste_oahu for helping protect our ocean.
Bycatch within the tuna industry takes a massive toll on non-target species. In a single tuna fishery off the coast of the U.S., @oceana reports that "the number of sea turtles that are injured and killed every year has likely exceeded the legally authorized number since 2004." Six out of seven sea turtle species are threatened with extinction. #TunaTuesday (📸: Hélène Petit, @wwf)
Home grown ethical, sustainable Fake-away! Gurnard fillets battered in home brewed Saison beer batter with home grown potato chips and potato cakes! Gurnard is super cheap, sustainable and frankly, tastes way better than the unknown takeaway fish. 3 serves of this cost only $8!
Looks like a behind the scenes shot from Jurassic Park, no? Our leatherback sea turtle researcher getting some eggs in a row. These critically endangered species (evolved over 110 million years ago) face dangers not only from poaching and climate change but from being by-catch from fisheries in the East Pacific. Click the link in our bio to find out more and how your donations directly help in the process of saving these magnificent beings.
We have extremely sad news to share. 💔
Unfortunately our Phoenix has passed away. 😢
The vet informed us what they had found during her post mortem... this thick fishing hook embedded in her oesophagus 💔
Not only was she the poor victim to ghost net entanglement but also victim to turtle by-catch 🐢😭
We are so sorry Phoenix that us humans have caused this to happen to you and can only be thankful that you were found when you were so you could pass in peace, pain free and being loved by all the staff here at Atoll Marine Centre, staff at @oliveridleyproject and the staff that found you from @prodiversmaldives
Rest in peace and sleep tight beautiful 💖🐢💙
Acting as an Ecology Indicator Dolphins are top-level predators in the ocean food chain and they act as a bioindicator. When we monitor and study dolphins, we can find out if something is wrong with their ocean environment. When dolphins are found with a disease, such as immune system dysfunction, reproductive malformations or cancer, this shows us that something needs to be addressed, such as water pollution from agricultural, residential and industrial runoff. Dolphin studies help protect other marine animals, and humans as well, since we eat some of the same sea foods and can also suffer effects of pollution.
Dolphins often prey on ill or old fish. By eating these fish, the dolphins rid the water of these sick fish, helping to cut down on infectious disease among fish populations. This keeps more fish species healthy and alive to reproduce. For instance, dolphins may eat fish afflicted with the toxin ciguatera. Since ciguatera-infected fish cause food poisoning if people eat them, dolphins help keep these fish off the dinner table. As the Peruvian ecology group Mundo Azule points out, dolphins are sanitary police of the ocean and killing them results in more disease and lower fish populations.
De iniciativa do VIVA Baleias, Golfinhos e cia, o Dia Internacional PARE a Captura Acidental teve apoio de 40 instituições nacionais e internacionais, que desenvolveram diversas ações com a temática ByCatch.
O termo Bycatch significa a captura acidental de espécies não-alvo da pesca. Um problema de grandes números que merece atenção de todos.
Estima-se que 40% de toda pesca é Bycatch.
Isso pode e deve mudar e o primeiro passo foi dado.
No dia 1 de dezembro foi lançado como o Dia Internacional PARE a Captura Acidental, proposto pelo VIVA Baleias, Golfinhos e cia. As 40 instituições nacionais e internacionais que apoiaram a iniciativa realizaram diversas ações focadas em apresentar estatísticas e discutir propostas para que esses números diminuam e assim a vida marinha seja preservada.
O Instituto Australis/Projeto Baleia Franca realizou exposições sobre o Dia Internacional PARE a Captura Acidental nos seguintes locais: TAMAR em Florianópolis;
Mostra Lutz em Garopaba, SC;
Centro Nacional de conservação da baleia franca (CNCBF);
Biruzera Logger Festival – Praia de Itapirubá Norte, Imbituba/SC
Foram realizadas visitas guiadas e intervenção na réplica em tamanho real de filhote de baleia franca, em frente ao CNCBF com rede retirada de um filhote de baleia-franca emalhado na praia do Pântano do Sul em Florianópolis.
One year ago, Sea Shepherd helped the Liberian authorities bust a major shark poaching vessel after catching the F/V Labiko 2 red-handed with its nets deployed in Liberian waters.
The vessel wasn’t just finning thousands and thousands of deep-sea sharks but was also using a dedicated oil processing facility on the ship to extract shark liver oil. Our boarding team discovered records on the bridge showing that up to 500,000 sharks were killed every year.
The Labiko 2 was arrested and placed under Liberian custody for the next six months, effectively saving at least 245,230 sharks.
The Labiko 2 is just one of many illegal fishing vessels busted with the help of Sea Shepherd’s fleet. But most of them don’t keep detailed records of their catch, so we can’t always know how many sharks we have saved by shutting down their operations. What we do know is that the more days our ships are patrolling at sea, the fewer days that poachers like the Labiko 2 can get away with slaughtering sharks.
You can help stop the shark killers by keeping our ships on patrol: http://sharks.seashepherdglobal.org/
Sharks have been swimming in our oceans for 420 million years - 200 million years before dinosaurs walked the earth. 🦈 As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health.
Today many species are in trouble. It’s time to stop being scared of sharks and instead be scared for them. Learn about some of the biggest threats facing sharks at Oceana.ca/Blog
Credit: (1) Matt Potenski, (2) Oceana/LX
As the year is winding down I was thinking what was my most unexpected catch of the year and this monster 22lb channel cat definitely takes the cake. When we use cutbait for stripers we always run into some catfish it’s expected but they are usually 3-7 lbs. I was striper fishing using cut bait I made one cast and 8minutes into the night I get bit. I reel down get tight expecting a decent striper then this monster Delaware river cat shows it’s self. I’ve caught 1000s of these out of the river in my lifetime and never broke 15lbs until this even tho I don’t normally target these fish anymore this PB channel cat will never be forgotten .