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.