I have been in troubled waters about continuing down this pescatarian lifestyle. I network with many vegetarians and vegans on this matter. I have recently started following @sea_legacy and they have been doing a tremendous job in bringing awareness about ocean habitats and everything that affects them. So this article is the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. Unless I caught the fish myself, I will not vote with my dollar anymore by purchasing sea-life.
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Photo by @simonagerphotography // The true cost of your sushi roll. Victims of the tuna industry, a vessel encircled a school of tuna, also trapping 128 sharks. Unceremoniously strung up by the tail and discarded dead and dying back to the ocean. Bycatch is the capture of non-target fish and ocean wildlife, including what is brought to port and what is discarded at sea, dead or dying. Bycatch is one of the biggest threats to the oceans and has contributed to over fishing and the dramatic decline of fish populations around the world. Commercial fisheries bring in approximately 160 billion pounds of marine catch around the world each year. Recent estimates indicate as much as 40 percent of global catch is discarded overboard. Anything can be bycatch: the dolphins, sharks, whales, that are encircled to bring you canned tuna and sushi, the sea turtles caught to bring you shrimp, the flounder thrown overboard to put seared scallops on the menu, the endangered whales migrating thousands of miles only to become entangled for the sake of lobster bisque, and the millions of pounds of halibut or cod that are wasted when fishermen have already reached their quota. Much of this captured wildlife is treated as waste, thrown overboard dead or dying. This conservation problem must be solved to ensure healthy oceans into the future. #bycatch #sealegacy #turningthetide #seashepherd #unsustainable #overfishing #tuna #sushi #vegan #fishing #photooftheday #parleyfortheoceans