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Wow. I had no idea about the left traps. Could the traps be bought up via a magnet?
One more: isn’t there a way to use some kind of sonar or something to locate metal objects, and do a number of sweeps and get that crap out of there? I imagine the entire oceans full of this stuff by now.
I mean 75% of lobsters in one weekend? That doesn’t make sense to connect that case to warming or storms, that sounds like an immediate event, ie chemicals
Thank you, Mary, for your contribution here.
I spent some years as an at-sea marine fisheries researcher, gathering and organizing catch data for a variety of species in industrial fishing efforts. Reflecting the topic of this article: Gear loss was regular, either from mechanical failure or from intentional abandonment, usually during rough weather. Lost or abandoned crab pots were regularly hauled up in the nets.
The fishery, although regulated, wasted species that were either unmarketable by-catch or prohibited by-catch. Their viability after being tossed overboard was close to zero. Targeted fish eventually suffocated on deck if they had not already died from de-pressurization while being hauled up, or were headed and gutted alive if they had survived to the processing lines. Subsistence fishers have caught marine life for thousands of years, but industrial fishing is not sustainable and countries should agree to end it.
Based on what I saw and did at sea, I stopped eating all marine animals (had stopped eating terrestrial animals at about age 20-21).
Fishing harms so many animals and in so many ways. All of the nutrients derived from sea life, and from animals in general, can be obtained more healthfully, humanely, and environmentally responsibly from plant sources. There are marvelous vegan versions of virtually every type of seafood, and other foods, imaginable. They’re better for us, for the other animals, and for the environment, and they’re delicious!