Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The effects of trawling on the bottom of the sea...

It is frighting the effects of bottom scraping has on our seas. This here is a sat map of scrapin in the Gulf of Mexico. The little bright spots are boats or oil platforms. When these guys scrape the bottom the destroy reefs, capture a lot of by-catch, kick up hella amounts of sediment, and basically shock fragile ecosystems that are barley hangin on. See they uses to scrape the shallows until they damn near killed or caught everything there was. Now there are issues, especially in the bay, with a lack of sea grass. All of this is connnected. There needs to be areas that are off limits to all forms of commercial fishing. Don't get me wrong, my father was a commercial fisherguy. I know what its like to depend on the sea. If this kind of fishing is allowed to continue, there will be nothing for the future generations to farm. Its a hell of a situation.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just take a look at the chesapeake bay. Half of my family made a living off the bay for hundreds of years through crabbing and fishing. Now there is only 1 watermen left in our family and he is looking into being a UPS delivery guy to support his family. Over used resources and growing populations are surely decimating the earth. A matter of time before a plague or act of nature severely alters life as we know it.