"Vaquitas -- the world's smallest and most endangered porpoises -- live only in Mexico's northern Gulf of California. After suffering decades of decline due to entanglement in shrimp-fishing gear, vaquitas are down to only 30 individuals left on Earth."
There is lots of talk on this page about meat dairy and eggs but one of the reasons i gave up fish as well as factory farmed animal products was that it became problematic sourcing sustainably caught fish. It's time that I reminded people about the demise of our oceans not only as a result of over-fishing but also from waste as a result of by-catch. What is by-catch? "The incidental capture of non-targeted fish". If we utilized the by-catch then it wouldn't be so terrible, but the by-catch just becomes sea waste. Commercial fishing gear covers extensive areas of the sea and is largely non-selective, so it is efficient in catching lots of fish but very inefficient when it comes to by-catch. There are ways to reduce by-catch and the World Wildlife Fund is working to develop, test and implement alternative fishing gear for commercial fishing boats, and to raise awareness with consumers.
We are at a critical point in the demise of fish in our World's oceans and if the way we catch fish doesn't change soon then so many fish and mammals will either be on the endangered species list or extinct all together.
~ Gillian F2B Team