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What Is Commercial Fishing?

The amount of seafood consumed across the globe has almost doubled in the past half a century. These days, most fish are farmed. In fact, fish farm production surpassed wild fish catch. Yet capture operations are still responsible for more than 93 million metric tons of fish each year — most caught by commercial fishing operations. Commercial fishing is a $150 billion global industry — and just 2 percent of the fleet captures over 50 percent of the catch. Most of the wild fish catch comes from industrial fishing operations whose practices are depleting wild fish populations across marine ecosystems.

The technique of using fish gill nets

Types of Commercial Fishing

Commercial fishing operations are always looking for new ways to catch more fish while reducing the time and resources they expend. Commercial fisheries’ methods and tactics all prioritize the size of the catch over the well-being of the fish. Various types of fishing are used to catch fish from all ocean depths, from the surface to the seabed.
Long-lining is one of the most common fishing techniques
Ships unreel up to 75 miles of line full of hundreds of thousands of baited hook. Hooks are then dragged behind the boat either going to the sea depths or staying on the surface by buoys and then they are left there overnight. This brings in the fish for free food! Once they are hooked, they either bleed to death in the water or drown. Some struggle for hours before they are brought up to the boat. Large fish like swordfish and yellowfin tuna (these weigh hundreds of pounds), are pulled toward the boat by the line and then Fishers sink pickaxes into their fins or sides. Then they haul the animals aboard without hurting the hook. A multitude of fish, sharks, turtles, dolphins, birds, and other marine animals are injured and killed by long-lines every single year.

Countless fish, turtles, birds and other sea animals are caught in the long-lining

Using Gill Nets

These nets can be anywhere from 200 feet to over a mile long. Gill nets are said to create a “wall of death” because the top is held up by floats. Fish can’t see the netting so they get stuck inside and when they try to get out they are caught by gills or fins, or they suffocate to death. Gill nets aren’t checked and are trapped for days. A lot bleed to death and when they return back to the deck they get cut open while still alive. Fish that are caught in deep waters suffer from decompression or extreme pressure which can cause their stomachs to be forced out of their mouths.

Gill Nets

Bottom trawlers

These target species like orange roughy, cod, and haddock. Huge nets are pulled along the bottom of the ocean. These nets rip up the bottom of the ocean floor and stirs up sediment which leaves many damages on the environment like destroying endangered coral and killing animals and sea life.
Pross and cons commercial fishing
There are few pros when it comes to commercial fishing and a multitude of cons. The only two major pros of commercial fishing include: 1. Feeding the world’s demand for seafood. 2. A wonderful economic impact on world GDP. Demand on seafood is very high; some countries in the pacific get up to 70 percent of their animal protein from fish. Economically this industry employs over 200 million people around the world and makes over 80 billion dollars per year.
The cons for sure outweigh the pros of commercial fishing. One of the biggest concerns includes the negative impact on the ecology of the oceans. Aside from killing of multiple species, commercial fishing promotes the killing of marine life like sharks, dolphins, and turtles through the use of nets and lines.

Dozens of dead sharks found in illegal gill net

Why Is Commercial Fishing Bad for People and the Planet?

Commercial Fishing Is a Dangerous Job

According to Bureau of Labor Standards data, fishing and hunting has the highest occupational fatality rate at 132.1 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers in 2020. They face various occupational hazards like falling overboard, faulty gear, slipping on watery decks and shipwrecks.

Commercial Fishing Harms the Environment and Oceans

Fishing methods disturb the seabed and stir up sediments. When these sediments are resuspended in the water, they scatter and lower light levels, affecting oxygen production in the ocean.
Commercial fishing contributes to algal blooms — proliferations of algae that can ultimately lead to “dead zones” in oceans, where marine life cannot survive.
Commercial fishing is also responsible for fishing gear waste in the ocean.

Commercial Fishing Is Cruel to Animals

Unsurprisingly, an industry that views fish as a way to earn profits seldom thinks of their welfare. There is no escaping animal cruelty for the commercial fishing industry, which kills fish in their trillions.

Commercial Fishing Leads to Unnecessary Bycatch

Bycatch is the “byproduct” of commercial fishing — marine species that weren’t intended for capture are caught and left to die. Often, sharks and dolphins get caught along with other fishes. By the time fishermen identify them, they are incapable of surviving their injuries.

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