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Wasteful fishing practices
Marine animals that are caught in nets but do not belong to the target species are called by-catch. Most of these animals perish. In addition to thousands of tons of non-target fish, great numbers of threatened animal species like sharks,sea turtles, sea birds and dolphins become trapped and drown.
As stated in recent studies, the global by-catch of aquatic mammals is about 650.000 per annum (307.000 whales/dolphins and 343.000 seals).
This is wasteful and unnecessary exploitation of marine resources.
One drastic example:
For every 1 ton of shrimp collected, 14 tons of by-catch animals are killed and discarded.
Focussed awareness campaigns within the fishing community to promote a reduction of by-catch. By-catch which is still alive could be rescued through quick action.
Sensible and sustainable fishing practices, the use of appropriate devices to reduce by-catch, and careful fish handling, e g by applying:
acoustic alarms (''Pingers'')
circle hooks in long-line fishing to reduce by-catch of sea turtles
newly developed shrimp nets which allow turtles to escape
(''TEDs: Turtle Excluder Devices'')
hooks with magnets attached in order to deter sharks
Pay attention to the MSC label when buying seafood.
(Marine Stewardship Council)
MSC Siegel
MSC is engaged in promoting fishing methods which minimize the impact on other marine inhabitants. For example, the widespread implementation of net-attached acoustic alarms should deter marine mammals from getting too close to fishing devices.

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