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Australia: How To Stop Super Trawlers

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April 23, 2020

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Overfishing is one of the primary factors contributing to our ocean’s dwindling fish stocks. By critically depleting fish populations at an unsustainable rate, super trawlers pose a threat that cannot go ignored. By impounding one of these monsters, the Australian government sent a message that was both loud and clear. But how do you stop super trawlers on a larger scale?

 

WhY STOP Super TrawlerS?

A super trawler is a huge industrial fishing boat that collects massive amounts of fish at once. Conservationists have long warned that super trawlers are a threat to Australian fisheries and oceans across the globe. This led to an eventual ban of the behemoth vessels in Australia. Regardless of their intimidating size and astonishing tactics, it’s not impossible to stop super trawlers.
 
Huge industrial ships haul loads of marine animals – not just the ones they’re looking for – onto their decks. By-catch is a term used to describe the unlucky creatures who, while not the intended target, still end up in the net. Dolphins, sharks, birds, seals, and others are in grave danger as these tremendous boats scoop anything and everything in their deadly path. 
 

Immeasurable damage

 
Sadly, super trawlers wreak havoc on fragile marine ecosystems and collect fish at such a staggering rate that those populations cannot recover. This means less fish in each catch, and more fish on the Critically Endangered list.
 
But there is hope. These moster ships are being banned all over the world for decimating fish stocks and leaving mass destruction in their wak. Mega trawlers not only disrupt the ocean’s ecosystem, they squeeze out hardworking local fishermen. As it stands, our industrial fishing practices are too extreme for the globe’s fish stocks to handle.

Stop Super Trawlers: Hope For The Future

But there is hope on the horizon. Every significant action taken to thwart these monsters of the sea sends a clear signal that overfishing and unregulated fishing will not be tolerated.

 

The Australian government and others across the globe are offering very real aid in the effort to preserve our oceans and the teeming life within them. If fish stocks cannot rise to our overwhelming demand – and the can’t – the world is in for a rude awakening in terms of endangered and extinct marine species.

 

 

At Sea Life Rescue, we believe in conservation and restoration. We aim to not only advocate for vulnerable sea life, but take meaningful action in terms of replenishing dwindling fish stocks where the need is most critical. It is our sincere hope to see the oceans restored to their rightful glory, with balance and equilibrium achieved.

 

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