OPERATION DOLPHIN BYCATCH
Sea Shepherd threatened and attacked by fishermen
“This video shows local fishermen threatening and attacking our team”.
The recordings were made in Brittany, France, at the end of September.
OPERATION DOLPHIN BYCATCH is documenting legal, non-selective fishing methods that kill 10,000 dolphins in the Bay of Biscay each year.
Sea Shepherd has been patrolling the area since 2017 to alert the global public to this problem, which is not confined to large industrial factory vessels. So-called small fishers, who also use non-selective fishing methods, can be found by the hundreds at the dolphin grounds.
Together they lay a total of 45,000 km of nets in the Bay of Biscay every 24 hours, enough to reach around the equator once.
And they do it quite legally.
To put an end to this, we have to stop or drastically reduce our fish consumption.
Because more than global warming, more than environmental pollution, it is simply our limitless appetite for fish that is destroying the ocean. Dolphins are only the visible messengers of this invisible and massive destruction of life. ”
President Sea Shepherd France
And I mean… More fish is eaten around the world than ever before. In the last three decades alone, fish consumption has more than doubled.
Up to 40 percent of the global catch is bycatch.
These include sharks, sea birds, and sea turtles, but also dolphins and whales.
Most animals are thrown overboard again and often die a painful death. In addition, the most huge trawls damage the flora and fauna on the seafloor.
Unwanted bycatch was estimated at 1.7 million tons of fish per year in 2011.
The overfishing of the European seas should come to an end by 2020 – this is what the EU has set out in its Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
But the EU is “far away” from its 2020 target.
It is worst in the Mediterranean, where around 90 percent of fish stocks are overfished and some species are on the verge of collapse.
In September 2020, more than 300 scientists called for an end to overfishing to protect the climate.
German environmental aid and the “Our Fish” initiative are calling on the EU Commission, the EU Parliament, and all EU member states to adhere to the definition of catch quotas for 2021 THIS YEAR without exception.
I see very little hope for an effective EU reaction to this good initiative.
Because the EU has long been the largest export market for fishery products. According to estimates, up to a third comes from illegal catches, which in turn are mainly made off the coast of West Africa.
Although 90 percent of European waters are overfished, European fishing groups are constantly reacting by expanding their fishing grounds.
The ships got bigger, the corporations negotiated fishing licenses with West African states, which the EU – according to Greenpeace – subsidized with around 140 million euros.
And so the EU will continue to sell the future of our marine ecosystems in the bazaar of the European fisheries lobby.
My best regards to all, Venus