Publicado por: pongpesca | 2014/04/10

On the hook: reigning in wasteful fisheries bycatch

Contest-6-VA-Alessio-Viora-Marine-Photobank-1024x670“The relationship between commercial fishers and their target fish species is rarely one-to-one. Commercial ocean fishing is often a wide-sweeping, messy affair, where dozens of non-target species can get caught in the crossfire – everything from fish and turtles, to sea lions and whales. As fishing gear has become less selective, fishers are throwing back massive volumes of animals that they don’t want or can’t sell – usually dead. Some accounts suggest this non-target “bycatch” makes up 40% of the world’s fishing catch (Davies et al. 2009), and as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins, seals, and sea lions are killed in bycatch every year (Reed et al. 2005). A recent spate of reports and papers highlight the issue of bycatch, and call for solutions to address this collateral damage of the fishing industry. Not only does bycatch contribute to the decline of many species, it reflects the sheer wastefulness of some fishing practices, adding to the global threat of overfishing.”

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Fonte: FISHBIO – 7 de abril de 2014

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