BYCATCHING IN OUR HYDROSPHERE

how bycatching effects our water

THE INCIDENTAL CAPTURE OF NON-TARGET SPECIES

Bycatching is a visible problem wherever there is fishing

Species such as dolphins, marine turtles & sea turtles are incidentally captured with the use of this fishing method

HOW IT HAPPENS

Each day, hundreds of kilometres of nets are lined across the ocean floor each day. This strong, modern fishing gear is used to capture the species that is targetted but as it sweeps the ocean floor is also captures a very large amount of marine life that was not meant to be captured. When the net is extracted from the water with the marine animals that we caught, any of the undesired life in the net is thrown overboard, severely injured, already dead or dying.

WE HAVE TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE

IMPACTS OF BYCATCHING

Estimated that over 300,000 small whales, dolphins, and porpoises die from entanglement in fishing nets each year


Bycatch is the single largest cause of mortality for small animals in our oceans


Species such as the vaquita from the Gulf of California and Maui’s dolphin from New Zealand face extinction if the threat of bycatch is not eliminated


Hundreds of thousands of endangered turtles and specifically the most endangered leatherback turtles drown annually on longlines of nets that have been set to catch tuna, swordfish, and other fish


Bycatch caused by longlines and gillnets is the single most threat to the survival of most marine turtle populations and also many other marine life



WHAT IS BEING DONE?

The creation of alternative gear:

"Circle hooks" are being created for fishing. These hooks are less likely to be swallowed by marine life and they are less likely to be affected by them

The simple word being spread about bycatch

The industry is working to develop, test, and implement alternative fishing gear and to integrate conservation science into effective fisheries to ensure that the innovation is put into action


The Truth About Bycatch

WE WANT TO SAVE THE SOUND OF THE TURTLES NOT DIE THEM OFF

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