6 in 60 – Number 36: Fishing

For all of my blogs on ocean life I thought I’d list 6 things you don’t know about fishing!

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  1. Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States. While participation has decreased slightly in recent years, more than 55 million Americans still took at least one fishing trip in 2013.
  2. One of the chief consequences of industrial fishing is that some species have been overfished to the point of near extinction.
  3. Ghost pots are when crab pots are left and forgotten about in the ocean and they can often attract turtles. A single ghost pot was discovered in Georgia that contained more than 130 deceased turtles.
  4. Some bad fishing practices such as bottom trawling has been linked with degradation  of ocean beds and depleted water quality.
  5.  In 2008, up to one third of the total fish catch in UK waters was found to be discarded. Most that are discarded do not survive after being thrown back into the sea so discarding is a waste of resources as well as a conservation threat.
  6. In 1992 the once thriving cod fishing industry came to a sudden and full stop when at the start of the fishing season no cod appeared. Overfishing allowed by decades of fisheries mismanagement was the main cause for this disaster that resulted in almost 40.000 people losing their livelihood and an ecosystem in complete state of decay

The Sources

Fact 1 comes from this site. Fact 2 and 3 comes from environmentalscience.org and fact 4 comes from greenliving. Fact 5 comes from the sustainable sea coalition. That’s also where I got the rather lovely picture of the boat from. Fact 6 on overfishing comes from overfishing.org. Well seemed like an appropriate website to me!

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