California seals need your help, now!!

California seals need your help, now!!

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Sidney Kitchingham started this petition to Fisherman and people

Did you know that it's estimated that more than 100,000 marine mammals die from entanglement due to fishing gear and debris each year? Supporting sustainable fishing will help decrease that number by putting pressure on big corporations to adopt more sustainable methods to fishing. But what is sustainable fishing? Well, sustainable fishing reduces bycatch which is when when other animals become caught in fishing nets that weren't for them. Fishing sustainably can also mean that fisheries use biodegradable nets so that over time if animals do get caught they would eventually be free. There are many different methods to sustainable fishing, but all of them are better than none. Using sustainable ways to fish will help millions of marine mammals. Not only will it help those marine mammals, but it will protect our beautiful underwater ecosystems (as an added bonus it reduces carbon emissions by creating shorter fishing trips, requiring less fuel).

I'm a middle schooler in California, and I've been researching a seal at the marine mammal center named snapper. I was saddened that she had suffered from fishing net hook entanglement in her fin but felt a little better when I heard that she was saved by the marine mammal center. If we had used sustainable methods to fish, snapper wouldn't even had been injured. Snapper isn't the only one, like I've said before, more than 100,000 marine mammals die from things like this each year. Help Snapper and the millions of other marine mammals out there by supporting sustainable fishing.

Wondering how you can find sustainable sea food? Look for dolphin and marine mammal safe logos on your packages of seafood. Here are just some marine mammal safe companies. 

  • Albertsons
  • Whole Foods 365
  • Trader Joes
  • Safeway

 

Want to get involved? Contact the marine mammal center to volunteer, meet patients, and learn more about this issue. (415) 289-7325

 

Sources:

http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/MarineDebrisInfo1.html

https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/insight/entanglement-marine-life-risks-and-response

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