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.