The Ocean War Continues

Humans have declared war on all Marine Species - Oceans - Environment

Despite thousands of scientists around the world expressing grave concerns about the current rate at which we humans consume seafood and the appalling methods used to obtain that seafood, nothing has changed.

It is now clearer than ever that the only possible reason for humans failing to act in accordance with the advice is that we are almost certainly at war with the oceans and all marine life.

And, to be honest, I’m not on our side of this conflict; we’re wrong on this one, and we need to be stopped before we do any more harm.

Should we stop eating fish?

stop eating fish to get rid of supertrawlers - protect the environment and the oceans

Yes we should stop eating fish and this needs to happen today.

If we all stop eating fish today, we might just be able to save ourselves and the oceans.   

85% of the world’s fish populations are extinct or on the verge of extinction.

The current global fishing fleet is three times larger than the oceans can support and even if we completely stop today it will take 23 years to heal the damage we’ve done to the ocean floors as well as the remaining marine species that we have not yet made extinct.

Humans seem to love Super Trawlers, the bigger the better.

Humans who own and operate the fishing industry’s massive super trawlers pose the biggest threat to our survival because they are unrestrained by law and overly motivated by profit.

It’s the human consumers of fish drive the necessity for these vessels of death to exist; it is humans who demand that our supermarkets are stocked to the brim with vast amounts of seafood and it is humans who devour the seafood prepared and served up at restaurants by Humans.

 

Humans are going to great lengths to exterminate all marine life from the oceans and they appear to be in a rush to finish their objective.   

They will not listen to reason or be told what to do and it looks as though the seafood eating Humans of this world have effectively declared war on all Humans, including themselves.

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Why are people so worried about ridding the oceans of all fish?

It’s unsettling to imagine a future without fish. Life as we know it would not be possible without them.

Maybe we don’t do anything? Perhaps we should just roll the dice and see what happens, but the absence of fish in the ocean does not just signal the loss of a significant food supply. Rather, it would bring about significant global changes.

The inability of the ocean to continue performing many of its fundamental functions will result in an insupportable standard of living.

People will go hungry if one of their primary food sources is lost. If there were no fish in the water, everyone would suffer. Despite being speculative, it’s important to realise that these predictions could come true. To give the ocean and humanity a chance to survive, we must reduce the pressure we are placing on it and simply stop eating seafood now.

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How will no fish in the oceans affect all species?

Marine life in general manages the ocean by reducing pollution, filtering pollutants from the water, and preventing large-scale algae blooms.

The loss of the oceans as a source of food would also result in widespread pain and calamity around the world. Currently, fish and other marine species provide about 16% of the world’s protein. This is a primary dietary source for people who cannot afford chicken or red meat, such as the poor in impoverished countries.

Many people will be starving in 2048 once our oceans finally run out of fish. There could be widespread famine, malnutrition, and poverty. When all of the potential implications of fish extinction are considered, we’d be stupid not to start doing things different today. Surprisingly, civilisation is fragile, and the more environmental damage we inflict, the greater the impediment to continued human existence.

If there were no fish to eat, being hungry would be the least of our concerns though because the oceans are ecosystems in which both living and nonliving things are required to preserve balance.

Because certain species only consume fish and seafood, losing all fish would disrupt the entire food chain. The food supply for the land animals that consume them would be depleted as a result. This will continue as more animals go hungry, and humanity will eventually be affected. The ability of marine life to manage pollution in our waterways would eventually dissolve.

some non human species need fish to survive

Fish and other aquatic creatures filter out toxins and hazardous substances in the water. They will no longer be able to do so after they are extinct. It will contaminate our water, air, and land much more. The air quality will deteriorate because numerous aquatic plants are equally responsible for providing the oxygen we breathe. Because there would be fewer photosynthesising plants, humans will have less oxygen. 

coral reefs

Both bodies of water and aquatic life are critical to the Earth’s water cycle. The waters would become contaminated and harmful if marine life, such as fish, did not exist. Rainfall may be affected as a result and there is a good chance that acid rain could occur, killing off a lot more land and sea life.

local fishermen unable to feed their families - no fish left in the oceans - environmental issues

Fishing is big business and helps many countries’ economies.   Fishing is a significant source of income in the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, and Indonesia, for example. Millions of people in this business will be out of work if fish become extinct in the oceans. Included are fishermen, industrial and cannery employees, market vendors, and retail seafood personnel.   The elimination of fish would be a financial disaster. Many populations that rely on seafood would suffer if fish became extinct. People who cannot afford meat or poultry consume fish on a regular basis.

Why are Super Trawlers such a problem for the oceans?

The term ‘super trawler’ generally refers to large trawlers that stay at sea for several weeks for the purposes of commercial fishing. They are also known as ‘factory trawlers’ as they are massive enough to accommodate facilities aboard that enable the catch to be processed, frozen and stored.

The nets are so large there is no actual way to regulate the size of sea mammals and fish from being trapped in the nets.   The bottom trawling they perform causes terrible damage to seafloor ecosystems and even more terrible damage to the fragile and slow growing ecosystems of the deep sea.

They set out long lines of hooks up to 75 miles long, which sweep the sea clean of predators and any other animals that encounter them. But even inshore fisheries are disastrously mis-managed, through a combination of lax rules and a catastrophic failure to enforce them.

 

Although only about 2% of all fishing vessels longer than 24 metres in length, the capturing power of this minority (super trawlers) far outweighs that of the vast majority of smaller vessels.

The ‘Annelies Ilena,’ Europe’s largest fishing vessel, is an example of a super trawler. It is 144 metres long and weighs 14,055 tonnes. This Super trawler can hold 7,000 tonnes of fish and can fish for weeks at a time. Because of its sheer size, the vessel was contentious before to its deployment. Parlevliet en Van der Plas, the owners of Margiris and several other monster boats on this list, own Annelies Ilena.

European Pelagic Freezer-Trawler Association (PFA), which consists of 34 factory trawlers that are among the biggest and most powerful in the world

 

In 1985, China had 13 super trawlers; today, it has 17,000, making it practically impossible for the oceans to survive. Fish stocks are unquestionably declining; everything in the path of these super trawlers is being destroyed by their nets.

The Margiris is 142m long, weighs 9499 tonnes, can process over 250 tonnes of fish a day, and has a cargo capacity of 6,200 tonnes

The new all-steel Vladimir Limanov is a noticeably massive vessel, boasting a length of 108.2 metres, a beam of 21 metres, a draught of 8.35 metres, and a displacement of 13,500 tonnes.   It has capacity for around 15,000 tonnes of fully-processed products including fillets, minced fish, and surimi.

dolphins and other marine species - harm to the oceans

Super trawlers do much more than just collect marine life in nets.

Super trawlers destroy sensitive marine ecosystems and leave behind a few miles of death and destruction. Any marine animals or sea birds caught in the path of these monstrous trawlers will be trapped in nets, many of which are large enough to encircle a dozen A380s.

Super trawlers are not supposed to target small forage and bait fish, but that restriction is impossible to implement due to their excessively enormous nets. When nets large enough to snag an ocean liner are dragged along the ocean floor, they catch everything and destroy the ocean floor in the process.

Super trawlers can drag their nets for several hours through the water, making it exceedingly unlikely that a dolphin, shark, or turtle will be able to escape if they become entangled. They will either drown or be crushed by the hundreds of tonnes of fish around them.

Super trawlers are outfitted with industrial-sized vacuums to take the fish from the nets and bring them to the processing facility located beneath the decks.   Once all the targeted seafood has been processed and frozen, the trash fish and any marine mammals are simply dumped overboard. These massive nets not only indiscriminately trap everything in their path but also seriously damage the ocean floor, marine ecosystems like coral reefs and drastically reduce fish stocks, threatening all marine life with extinction.

If people were aware of how inefficient and damaging the methods used to collect fish are, they would surely stop eating fish altogether. The use of these super-trawler factory ships, which can scour every living thing off the ocean floor in very deep water, has grown around the world. Every time they cast their nets, these ships can gather up to 600 tonnes of fish, of which a startling 40% is dumped back into the sea as by-catch. This is plainly not sustainable and may already be having an irreparable negative impact on deep sea fish stocks.

 

Our ancestors could never have envisioned the methods used today to harvest seafood.   Super Trawlers are eliminating more marine species than this planets natural systems can replace.   Super trawler factory ships that engage enormous nets and long lines, some of which are 50-60 miles long with baited hooks every few feet, take more than nature can supply. Bottom trawls are the most environmentally damaging. And the vast majority of what they eat is simply thrown away. They just create a void in the water systems.

ocean floor damage - major environmental issues

It turns out that the oceans and marine life are much more fragile than we thought.

It is difficult to replenish a species of fish because they take so long to mature.   Furthermore, people are absorbing all of the toxins that the fish consumed over time. It can be perplexing at times to work out what we are supposed to do, we have traditionally been instructed not to eat a range of foods for ethical and health concerns, such as not eating industrial farm chickens, pigs, or cows. Now it’s becoming increasingly important for you all to stop eating fish as well.  

There is no room for ambiguity. A plant-based diet is unquestionably better for you and the environment, or at least a diet that is largely plant-based with small amounts of meat from animals that consume plants.

Over-fishing is a major cause of population decreases in ocean species, this occurs when we harvest fish faster than stocks can replenish.   The number of overfished stocks in the world has increased in the last fifty years and more than one-third of the world’s evaluated fisheries are now being exploited beyond their biological capability. By-catch, or the capturing of unwanted marine life while fishing for a different species, is closely tied to overfishing. This is also a major marine issue, causing the extinction of thousands of sea turtles, whales, dolphins, and porpoises, as well as billions of fish.

 

The damage done by overfishing goes beyond the marine environment. Billions of people rely on fish for protein, and fishing is the principal livelihood for millions of people around the world.

Stop eating fish to protect the oceans - environmental problems

Many people are battling to improve how the globe maintains and conserves ocean resources, including fish catchers, sellers, and purchasers. Globally, fisheries management must be changed to emphasise sustainable approaches that protect ecosystems while simultaneously supporting livelihoods and maintaining food security. Almost every species of fish in the sea has been subjected to extreme and merciless human exploitation and as a result, they are becoming extinct. We will damage the oceans and kill ourselves if we do not stop utilising Super Trawlers soon.

Populations of fish, birds, and animals in our oceans are starving. Thousands of little fish are taken from the sea to feed larger fish in cages and fish are also fed to cats, pigs, and chickens. House cats consume more fish than seals, pigs consume more fish than sharks, and factory-raised chickens consume more fish than large seabirds such as albatrosses.

ocean deterioration - humans and marine species seem to be at war

We treat the oceans as if we are at war with all marine life.

We seem to be fighting a global war against all marine life in our oceans and we’re getting a lot of help from rising acidity, global warming, chemical pollution and ozone depletion all contributing to dwindling plankton numbers.

Fish are unable to compete with our insatiable demands.

90% of large predatory fish, such as sharks, tuna, marlin, and swordfish, are already gone forever. Chinese demand for shark fins has devastated almost every species of shark in the sea.

The fishing industry is increasingly focusing on smaller fish, which have traditionally fed larger fish, rather than large fish, which were formerly targeted and slain. Seven of the world’s top ten fisheries are currently focused on little fish. If the fish are too small to eat to humans, they are crushed into fishmeal and fed to domestic animals and fish farm raised salmon or tuna.

Aquaculture, as the economic engine driving the extensive exploitation of little fish, has recently emerged as the most inefficient technique of exploiting fish. Japanese and Norwegian fisheries are currently removing tens of thousands of tonnes of plankton from the water for use as high-protein feed.

The populations of the seven most important prey fisheries are among the 80 percent of marine fish species that are now overexploited, depleted, or recovering from depletion. Few marine fish populations can still maintain any form of growth. We all know we should stop eating fish and meat from animals that are fed fish, but we don’t like to say it out loud.

 

We are in denial and refuse to realise that by destroying marine life, we endanger our ability to survive on land. The gravity of the ecological disaster affecting marine life is becoming clear to the broader public and it is past time. The diversity of our oceans must be preserved. We humans recover from natural calamities on a regular basis but there is one undeniable biological fact: if the oceans die, we die.

grim concerns - major environmental issues

This may appear extreme to some, but it is not as extreme as the extinction of all life as we know it, thus it is most likely just a very conservative and essential policy that we must implement to save the seas and ourselves.   

We must give marine life a chance to recover from the atrocities we have committed against all ocean species.

Pirates don't always want to be all Pirate'y.

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The Somali pirates who are the subject of our complaints today would all prefer to live more normal lives than be in this situation, but after illegal, unlicensed, and unregulated fishing fleets depleted their portion of the ocean of fish and wrecked the ocean floors, they turned to piracy to obtain some form of compensation.

They were fed up with what was going on and took what few firearms they had to the water. When the Somali government crumbled and the Somali Navy was disbanded, international fishing vessels began illegally fishing in Somali territorial waters. Due to dwindling local fish reserves, Somali fishing villages created armed militias to repel outsiders.

These villagers would kidnap ships and some of their personnel on occasion, using motorised boats and small skiffs.   This grew into a lucrative business with large ransom payments becoming standard.

 

The pirates then began robbing commercial ships.   Due to the region’s terrible poverty and government corruption, there was no political drive to solve the matter locally.  Many unemployed young Somalis began to see it as a means to aid their family. Somalis have faced the most severe living conditions imaginable over the years, including extreme poverty, lawlessness, and insecurity. Of course, a few people were lucky enough to abandon their home country and avoid the horrors of the civil war.

People who have no drinking water, fish, good soil, or hope appear to get upset.

Except for a few journalists and international aid workers, no one has really ever paid much attention to or completely recognised what has occurred in Somalia throughout the years. So, what is the precise source of radicalism in Somalia? 

Poverty and the spiralling cycle of violence and anarchy have long been linked, and Somalia’s waterways are one of the most severely affected by maritime piracy for the same reasons. 

The majority of Somalians are Sunni Muslims. Those that remained had to endure poverty, prolonged drought, desertification, and soil deterioration.

Many Somalis are nomads who rely on their flocks for a living, but natural calamities have killed large portions of their livestock, trapping them and leaving them unable to find another source of income to support their family. The small number of farmers had to watch as soil erosion, a lack of fertiliser, and instability diminished food yields. The income disparity between the minority elite and the poor has grown significantly. Somalia’s open market economy is the most liberated and free in the world, with no central bank to control the money supply, set interest rates, or manage inflation. Those who have ideas and resources galore are thriving entrepreneurs minting tax free profits, while the majority can hardly make both ends meet.

Despite possessing the African continent’s longest coastline, Somalis have never properly utilised their oceans for a variety of reasons. The illegal foreign fishing trawlers overwhelmed those who ventured into the ocean, reducing the fish population and polluting it by releasing deadly contaminants. Due to economic difficulty, Somalis experimented with new money streams and ex-fisherman joined up with militias and unemployed youth to seize ships and demand ransom. This was the start of Somalia’s piracy. These Somali pirates have grown this into a sophisticated corporate enterprise that employs cutting-edge technology and global positioning systems to find its next victim.

Even though superpowers have joined forces to combat piracy, it is a difficult task because the territorial seas are too big to govern. Piracy in Somalia poses a severe threat to the world’s main commercial routes. It demonstrates how limiting the traditional war machine is in comparison to the issues of the twenty-first century. Somalia has been without an effective central administration for nearly two decades. 

Their feeble government is fighting an insurgency to reclaim the city while engaging in proxy wars with foreign nations and domestic problems. 

Pirates dominate the most powerful institutions in Somalia.

money for healing the environment

They plan their next move using the ransom money they obtained through piracy and hijacking. By paying them well for supporting them in piracy, they effectively outnumber the local authorities and provide a ray of hope to Somalian youth who are unemployed. 

Somalia’s piracy rate is expected to grow in the next years. The country’s marine and fishing industries have dramatically collapsed since the start of the terrible Somali civil war in 1991, with virtually all fisheries operations ceasing to function. Somalia’s national fishing fleet was kidnapped, and the ships were never located. 

At least 200,000 people are thought to have lost their jobs, and Somali fishing villages are still struggling to recover.

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begging - people starving when the environment is harmed

However, since then, foreign vessels engaged in illegal fishing, as well as the more serious nuclear and toxic waste dumping from the industrialised world, have posed an unparalleled environmental, economical, and ecological hazard. 

Extremely advanced factory-style super trawlers built for deep-water fishing poured into Somalia’s unprotected waters from distant nations with harbours thousands of miles away and whose own fisheries resources were either heavily regulated or already horribly overexploited.

They are seeking compensation for very valuable tuna, mackerel, swordfish, grouper, emperor, snapper, shark, and other desirable species in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. In addition, the people of Somalia have had their ocean waters robbed of dolphins, sea turtles, and sea cucumbers for the Far East’s exotic tastes, as well as rock lobster and shrimp for the world’s wealthiest people’s tables.

 

Given that Somalia is experiencing both political and resource displacement, their aim is entirely focused on short-term gains while remaining mindful of ecological constraints.

Search for answers to fix environmental problems

For almost 20 years, international fishing piracy has increased significantly in Somalian waters, resulting in unlawful poaching and intentional destruction of Somali maritime resources, potentially impacting the country’s economy, environment, and security. 

This is in addition to internal turmoil and open animosity. While false UN resolutions, powerful state demands, and headlines continue to criticise Somali pirate hijackings in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, piracy fishing has been and continues to be overlooked. 

Why is it that UN resolutions, NATO orders, or EU requests to invade Somali waters never address the protection of Somali marine resources from IUU violations in the same waters?

The situation along the Somalia coast is a fantastic example for everyone to examine because it shows what life is like when there are no fish left in the ocean, no healthy soil and inadequate rain to produce crops. People become famished, desperate & will do anything to ensure the survival of their family.

Removing all fish from the oceans simply because we can’t face the thought of not eating seafood on a regular basis would have an affect on every area of our existence and would render this world obsolete and dilapidated; now, that’s a fantastic conversation topic to start right now.

 

Do everyone on this planet a favour and stop eating fish today!

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