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by on April 3, 2013


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  1. Bycatch is when animals that are not meant to get caught are caught. In other words, “sea creatures that were caught by accident (Foer 2008:49). ” Jonathan Safran Foer argues however, that it is not really “by accident” because it has been consciously built into fishing(49). There are fewer fishermen and more technology to help catch fish. Bycatch is not good because many sea animals that get caught are thrown overboard whether or not they are dead or alive. Further, in Foer’s book, Eating Animals, many animals die from bycatch. To be exact, 4.5 billion sea animals are killed as bycatch in longline fishing(189). This relates to the article because many loggerhead turtles are being killed as bycatch and these animals are going extinct.
    When I think about bycatch , I think about the production of oil and how both of these corporations are impacting our environment. First of all, I believe that the reason why corporations fish for fish and drill to find oil is all for their benefit. They know the more fish they collect the more money they receive, but they are doing it in a form that harms. The oil industries is the same way. It seems that they only care about themselves and willing to sacrifice anything to get what they want. I hope something happens before its too late, before the fish in the sea are no more.

  2. I didn’t know what bycatch was until reading Foer’s book and our class lecture (again evidence I’m learning something new). Professor Harvey commented he can’t eat tuna because 1 lb produces something like 25 pounds of bycatch. In theory, you’d think you could just throw the bycatch back into the ocean but, this article shows the deathly tolls these bycatch animals suffer. A turtle population is risking extinction. It shocked me to know the small fisheries are typically the ones who cause a high level of bycatch destruction. You would think it was the large factory farms who cause the most destruction. This statement makes me wonder, are smaller fisheries better than larger ones? Or is there a lack of relevant data on the large scale fisheries. Evidence of bycatch make the people who say they’re vegetarian but, they eat fish seem just as harmful as the people who eat meat.

  3. Adam Schmidt permalink

    Bycatch is an interesting topic that i never really thought of. I am an avid fisherman over the summer and see big large fishing boats heading out to sea and coming in time and time again. You think that they just have the fish they were going for because they are fisherman and know what they are doing right? But i have felt the trickle down effect of by catch personally as the back bays of the New Jersey shore are not filled with the same life they were 10 years ago. There are practically no fish and it causes me to wonder is by catch doing this? Are the fisherman killing my fun?

  4. ginner35 permalink

    I never thought of the idea of bycatch in regards to fishing. I fish a lot in the summer too, but just kind of throw my reel in and hope something bites. I don’t think that fisherman who contribute to bycatch necessarily care about what they are catch compared to the quantity that they catch. Obviously the more fish that they catch, the more money that there is to be made. Similar to oil companies, fracking and other companies, the focus is on profit and harmful “side-effects” are not regarded in the way that they should be.

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