Bycatch and Unsustainable Fishing

Yesterday, October 14th, in the harbor we found something that was a little disturbing for the Mermaids. About 6-8 shark pups were found dead floating on top of the water. We believe these sharks were tossed because they were unintentionally caught in a fisherman's catch--bycatch. There are many fishing techniques and gear that result in the 'bycatch' of marine life that were not the target species. According to sharksavers.org, "over 40% of the estimated total marine catch" is considered bycatch. "Longline fishing, typically used to catch tuna, employs miles of fishing line with thousands of hooks that indiscriminately catches whatever comes along to eat the bait, including turtles, seabirds and sharks. In addition to longlines, gear such as bottom trawlers and gillnets also produce large numbers of shark bycatch." Let's be conscious Santa Barbara. This in addition to the trash found in the harbor after the Harbor and Seafood Festival is upsetting. Please respect your oceans and support those who do as well. #knowyourfisherman #sustainablefishing #theoceanisnotatrashcan 

"Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest.” – Lloyd Biggle Jr.

All references refer to: http://www.sharksavers.org/en/education/sharks-are-in-trouble/what-is-bycatching/