Overfishing, pollution, climate change, and other problems caused by human activity are having a devastating impact on the world’s fish.
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A big problem is industrial fishing, which uses methods such as:
- Bottom trawling: a large net with heavy weights is dragged across the seafloor, scooping up everything in its path and damaging sensitive marine habitats.
- Longlining: Boats use lines that can extend for up to 50 miles, with thousands of baited hooks branching off from the main line.
Industrial fishing methods result in bycatch, the unintentional capture of non-target species, which can include dolphins, sea turtles and diving birds. Animals unintentionally caught in nets often die by suffocation, starvation, or drowning.
Waste from factory farms, which flows down rivers into the sea, creates “dead zones” in the ocean where fish and other marine life cannot survive.
The following video contains graphic scenes depicting the inhumane conditions and slaughter of factory farmed fish.