Re: Trip Report and Photos: My encounter with a Gill Net

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Posted by Walt on January 03, 2008 at 17:57:11:

In Reply to: Trip Report and Photos: My encounter with a Gill Net posted by Elaine on January 02, 2008 at 14:27:30:

The problem is that consumerís want inexpensive, abundant seafood and the vast majority donít care how itís taken or the effect on the marine ecosystem (or even human life). Case in point is the Miskito Indians who are paralyzed and die taking lobster to feed the demand for cheap seafood.

Long lines, gill nets, dredge nets, and huge factory ships are destroying our marine resources out of greed and ignorance. About all that gets any attention or action is when a consumer is poisoned by heavy metals, bacteria, or chemical wastes. Sadly, thatís not so much out of any concern, but of liability and adverse media exposure.

Ask Red Lobster, Costco, WalMart, or other chains where they get their seafood and how itís taken. If you get a dumbfounded, puzzled look when you ask about the percentage of by-catch for any product, then youíve met a supplier who doesnít really give a damn about our ocean heritage.

Elaine and others, youíve done a great job of bringing to light the consequence of netting. Donít stop at diver.net Ė you need to get this photo essay to consumers.

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