Thursday, April 18, 2013

St. Francis

Modern industrial fishing lines can be as long as 75 miles - the same distance as from sea level to space.  The average shrimp-trawling operation throws 80 to 90 percent of the sea animals it captures overboard, dead or dying, as "by-catch."  Shrimp account for only 2% of global seafood by weight, but shrimp trawling accounts for 33 percent of global by-catch.

For every one pound of shrimp, 26 pounds of other sea animals were killed indiscriminately and tossed back into the sea.  After finishing a quarter-pound shrimp cocktail, diners should be forced to carry 6 pounds of "by-catch" home with them.

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