Carnivorous Fish Farming Destroying Marine Eco-Systems

Carnivorous fish farming is the industrial raising of carnivorous marine species in enclosures or tanks, most often for human consumption. The harmful effects of fish farming, notably in southeast Asia, are numerous, and are contributing to environmental devastation. Prawns are one of the most common farmed sea species in Thailand and Burma, most are exported to the United States, Canada, China, New Zealand and Australia. In order to prepare the nourishment for the prawns, fish are ground and dried and fed to the animals in fish farms. Bits of debris or plastic find their way into the collection of the fish, since trawling nets are used to capture the prey, and food is sorted by hand, which isn’t always effective. Not to mention, the workers tend to be exploited laborers, of targeted ethnicities, and most of which women.

Trawling nets scrape the ocean floor, collecting massive quantities of fish and other creatures. Environmental activists condemn the use of trawling nets saying that it captures excessive amounts of sea creatures, some of which are too young, endangered or too vital to the eco-system.

the point of this article is to bring awareness to the fact that this very common industry is greatly contributing to environmental destruction, and human rights violations in countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma).  If you want to make a positive change for the planet, and stop contributing to the demise of marine life, do not support fish farming of any form.

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