Ocean Killers WorriedThe Canadian government is teaming up with bottom trawling outlaws to combat a potential UN ban on the devastating practice for fear that it might lead to regulation of the practice within Canada.
The Canadian government is teaming up with bottom trawling outlaws to combat a potential UN ban on the devastating practice for fear that it might lead to regulation of the practice within Canada. While bottom trawling occurs largely unregulated in international waters, Canadian officials are concerned that protection of International waters could make its way into Canadian jurisdiction and so are against any real protection of sea life outside Canadian waters regardless of the impact on the world’s ocean life or planetary eco-system.
“While Canadian fishers engage in almost no bottom trawling on the high seas, bottom trawling is regularly practised within Canada’s (exclusive economic zone) and there is significant concern domestically that any international action would be applied in Canadian waters,” say internal briefing documents.
Bottom trawled ocean represents about 28% of the total ‘value’ of ‘fishing’ in eastern Canada, about $500 million, in 2001. Only about 40% of the Canadian sea floor has never been trawled and many areas are dragged several times a year. Only a tiny fraction of the area within Canada’s jurisdiction has ever been setaside for any kind of protection.
To catch one or two target commercial species, bottom trawlers will haul up thousands of tons of coral, only to be thrown back dead into the sea, along with huge quantities of other unwanted species. A single pass of a bottom trawl utterly destroys complex eco-systems that have evolved over thousands or even millions of years.
The Canadian Fisheries and Ocean’s Ministries is an economic agency heavily corrupted by the industry that is resonsible for destroying the oceans on behalf of consumers. As a result of the wholesale destruction of the Ocean bottom, populations of numerous species have collapsed and the entire ocean floor eco-system drastically altered and each year more new species are brought to the brink of extinction.
If you care about the planet and its ability to support life, please don’t eat ocean creatures. There is no nutritional requirement in the human diet for anything from the ocean. When you eat you fish or shellfish you are needlessly paying for the destruction of a vital and essential part of the planet’s eco-system.
For more info. about the impact of bottom trawling visit: http://www.savethehighseas.org/deeptrouble/factoids.cfm Bill Phillips
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