Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Only an estimated 10 per cent of all marine life caught ends up on dinner plates

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April 2, 2014 — What percentage of all the marine life caught by industrial fishing operations ends up on our plate? Ninety percent? Seventy-five? Fifty? Not even close. Try just 10 percent. The rest is simply discarded as bycatch — the unwanted fish and other marine creatures caught during commercial fishing operations. And we’re not just talking fish. The “other marine creatures” includes everything from whales and porpoises to turtles and albatrosses.

1 comment:

John Fraser said...


A lot of people might think that 90% of the catch being wasted is an exaggeration ...... but I have worked on trawlers and let me tell you it is no exaggeration.