The Fish We Eat

A sperm whale entangled in a drift net. A report says commercial fisheries around the world kill or injure 650,000 mammals a year. Alberto Romero/Marine Photobank
A sperm whale entangled in a drift net. A report says commercial fisheries around the world kill or injure 650,000 mammals a year.
Alberto Romero/Marine Photobank

 

Last night on NPR I listened to a report on the destruction caused to marine life by most foreign fishing practices. Apparently about 600,000 dolphin and whales are  still killed each year as collateral damage. I had been told to buy local shrimp and fish when possible. I understood that much of the world’s farming practices of fish are destructive to our landscape but  but I didn’t realize the toll taken on other species, even large whales.

It wasn’t that long ago that the US was guilty of massive collateral damage of ocean wildlife in its fishing industry, but through strict regulation we have cut down on most of this unnecessary killing. (One more reason to believe in government, folks.) Let’s hope that we can do the same for the rest of our oceans. So much is at stake.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/01/07/260555381/thousands-of-whales-dolphins-killed-to-satisfy-our-seafood-appetite

http://www.slowfood.com/slowfish/pagine/eng/pagina.lasso?-id_pg=43

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s