but, this post had to be done.
I can't sit back and keep quiet any longer,
and while the truth may be a little upsetting,
you may be wondering what i'm babbling about,
so i'll just get to it.
actually, not just sharks-
all sea life.
and the shocking truth that the oceans are literally disappearing,
and, at this very moment, being emptied of all that lives.
I've had very strong feelings about this topic for a while now,
but, the other day, while checking out a local asian market,
I came across these:
SHARK FIN SOUP
the fiance and I could not leave the market fast enough.
and still, days later, I am MAD.
Here are some facts:
-More than 100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins, and ONLY their fins. Fishermen slice off theirs fins, and throw them back in the water still alive, to die. Death can take hours, or even days (via)
-"Bluefin tuna is at the brink of extinction with a population which makes their recovery practically irreversible..." (via)
- "As the biggest predators diminish, the population of smaller fish such as sardines, pollack, mackerel, squid and anchovies escalates, that is, the food which the larger fish have always lived off. Currently, tones of these small fish are being captured and supplied to fish farms and about 7 out of the 10 biggest fisheries of the world, are barely leaving 20% of these species as food for their predators." (via)
- "Excessive fishing has caused a 90% decline in shark populations across the world's oceans and up to 99% along the US east coast, which are some of the best-managed waters in the world..." (via)
- "The annual total global catch of fish (124 millions metric tons) is equal in weight to 378 Empire State Buildings." (via)
- "The Organisation for the Food and Agriculture of the United Nations, FAO, pointed out that 25 percent of the world captured fish (around 29 million tonnes) end up thrown overboard and its usually those caught unintentionally, illegal market species, those with inferior quality or under the permitted size. 95 percent of the fish caught unintentionally are thrown away amongst which include endangered species and those which are over exploited." (via)
HOW ARE FISH CAUGHT?
"Longlines are the most significant factor in the rapid diminishment of shark populations in the oceans. Longlines ranging in length from one mile to over one hundred miles are baited with fish (often illegally killed dolphins or seals), and are meant to target shark, swordfish, and tuna. The sharks targeted are caught mostly for their fins (which account for only 4% of their body weight) and also for their cartilage, liver oil and teeth."
I could go on-and-on about this subject.
the consequence to our seas.
but, i'm going to stop.
Hopefully, if you didn't know about this before,
you know a little bit now.
Next time you go to eat your tuna sandwich,
that prized piece of swordfish,
or, my favorite, sushi-
ask yourself if it is worth it.
The truth is that if we don't do something now,
our children will grow up with empty oceans.
However, if you need fish in your diet,
make sure you get it from a trusted, sustainable, retailer.
do some research.
stop being selfish.
yes I said it, SELFISH.
If you want more information,
or, watch these documentaries:
End of the Line (here)- this documentary changed my life.
The Cove (here)
Pirate for the Sea (here)
Sometimes, I hate being human.
after all, we are the most selfish species out there.
we are destroying the most precious gift we have- the ocean.