sexta-feira, 13 de maio de 2011

Sea the Truth - Overfishing and the destruction of Oceans and Nature

Sea the Truth is based on numerous scientific publications that examine the problems of seas and oceans. Below follows an overview of the themes addressed in the film and a brief explanation.
Documentary made by the Political Party for Animals in Holand.

If you want to help protect the Earth, it is urgent to stop eating meat (fish and all others) or to reduce it as much as possible. or


According to a report of the New Zealand news channel 3News sea mammals, among
which whales, are dying of malnutrition. The makers claim that this is
caused by overfishing. Watch the report here:


Fishing policy around the world is destructive. Recommendations from scientists
on quotas are ignored by policy makers, wealthy countries plunder the
fishing territories of poor countries and bottom trawlers sow
destruction all over the seafloor with their dragnets. In Europe, 88% of
fish stocks have been overharvested, such as the blue fin tuna which
sadly is threatened with extinction.


In addition to the effect on the fish stocks, fishing also affects all
other organisms in the same habitat or ecosystem. Whether the fish being
harvested are predatory or prey, the balance of the ecosystem is
disrupted and this can have serious consequences. The degree of
disruption strongly depends on the fishing method employed.


The term bycatch has come to be used to refer to fish caught
unintentionally when fishermen fish for commercial fish. These kinds of
fish are not interesting to sell and as a consequence they are thrown
back into the ocean either death or mutilated. The average bycatch
worldwide is about 40.4% of the total amount of fish being caught. This
means that 3 kilos of consumed fish brings about 2 kilos of bycatch. In
total, 37 billion kilos of fish per year is wasted bycatch.


People once thought that fish could not feel anything when they are caught.
This idea was probably motivated because fish are cold blooded; this is
in contrast with humans who are warm blooded. However, the ability to
feel pain does not have anything to do with body temperature. From
research studying the behavior of fish, as well as the study of anatomy
and physiology, it turns out that fish have feelings and are in fact
able to feel pain. This means that the current methods to catch and kill
fish are in truth a torture for fish, moreover captured fish die of
suffocation: a process that can take up to several minutes or hours.


Between Hawaii and San Francisco floats an enormous amount of rubbish -- a
plastic soup with a surface area of 8.6 million square kilometres. To
compare: This is 33 times greater than the surface area of the
Netherlands (41,528 km2). This plastic soup was 'discovered' by Charles
Moore when he sailed through this area with his boat and found himself
surrounded day in day out by plastic waste. He later returned with
scientific equipment to determine the soup's total size. The plastic
soup is a huge threat to a number of marine animals and mammals.


We're told we should eat fish twice a week as it is packed with nutrition.
These healthy nutrients are however easily obtained from other food
sources, whereas fish may also contain large amounts of toxins. Mercury
and dioxins 'enjoy' the status of most researched toxins in fish.

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