70 Dead sharks washed up on the beach in Wales
Horrific scene on the Gower shoreline, in Wales today as 70 sharks were found dead on the beach.
According to Wales Online …
"Marine biologist Judith Oakley believes the grim marine catastrophe is the work of indiscriminate bottom trawling.
The industrial scale fishing process uses a large net with heavy weights to drag the seafloor and scoop up everything in its path.”
Judith counted 55 dead sharks including smoothhounds and catsharks. If trawling was responsible, it is highly disappointing and quite simply highlights the damage this practice can cause.
There is no place for unregulated fishing be it in Asia, Europe, the Americas or elsewhere, trawling, purse seine nets, Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) are highly damaging to the environment and our marine life.
These 70 sharks may be a mere fraction of those being killed and processed in the shark fin trade and in the production of shark oil, HOWEVER it is a stark reminder of how amazing these creatures are and how much more they are worth alive than dead.
Stop destructive fishing methods by only supporting those you know to be safe. Get wise, get fish savvy.