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UK GOVERNMENT 10TH SEPTEMBER 2020

TAKE THE "SUSTAINABLE" WORDING 

OUT OF THE NEW FISHERIES BILL PRE BREXIT

 THIS GOES AGAINST ALL REASONING 

AND ALL SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE 

AS FISH STOCKS ARE 90% DOWN IN THE LAST 100 YEARS

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The boats supplying the fish we eat are killing dolphins so fast that they are heading towards extinction.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 12th March 2020

How many people want dolphins killed? 

Apart from the psychopath shooting them in Florida, and the Japanese hunters slaughtering them every year in Taiji Cove, I would hazard a guess at none. They are perhaps the world’s most-loved wild animals. Yet, every day, dolphin killers form an orderly queue, at supermarket checkouts in the UK and around the world. If you are buying fish, and there is no clear and watertight guarantee, you are likely to be complicit in something that would revolt you.

A horrifying report last week shows that dolphin numbers in the Indian Ocean have fallen by some 87% since 1980, as they’ve been drowned in gillnets set for tuna. But the problem is not confined to distant seas, or to tuna fisheries. On average, two dolphins or porpoises are washed up on UK beaches every day. Many of them show the scrapes and indentations caused by fishing nets. Discoveries of dead dolphins around the Bay of Biscay this year are likely to beat the grisly record set in 2019, when 1,100 were found on the French coast. Large numbers are also turning up on the beaches of Ireland.

Not every dolphin or porpoise that washes up dead has been killed by the fishing industry. Infections are more prevalent than they were before, perhaps as a result of persistent synthetic chemicals accumulating in the animals’ tissues and suppressing their immune systems. But in many places, including the Bay of Biscay, Ireland and probably the English Channel, industrial fishing appears to be the biggest cause.

The dolphins found on the shore are likely to be a small proportion of the total killed. Most corpses sink or drift out to sea. Because the slaughter is deliberately unrecorded by European governments, we have only rough guesses about how many might be dying. One scientific estimate suggests that around one eighth of the slaughtered dolphins are likely to appear on beaches. Dolphins are long-lived and reproduce slowly. In the north Atlantic, the common dolphin calves only about once every four years. The unquantified mass slaughter caused by fishing boats, if it is allowed to continue, is likely soon to drive them to extinction.

Almost all commercial fishing presents a threat to dolphins and porpoises. But some techniques are more lethal than others. While gillnets kill large numbers of porpoises, and all kinds of trawling and purse seining endanger dolphins, there’s a particularly strong correlation between dolphin deaths and two types of fishing: pair trawlers catching bass, and supertrawlers pursuing small, midwater fish.

Pair trawlers (two boats pulling a net between them) move much faster than single trawlers. Supertrawlers – ships 100 metres or more in length – tow gigantic nets that scoop up entire shoals, and the predators hunting them. 



Pair trawlers (two boats pulling a net between them) move much faster than single trawlers. Supertrawlers – ships 100 metres or more in length – tow gigantic nets that scoop up entire shoals, and the predators hunting them. ecause these ships tend to pursue species used for making the pellets fed to farmed fish – such as salmon, bass, halibut and prawns – scarcely any species on sale today can be safely dissociated from dolphin killing. Campaigners around the coasts of Britain and Ireland connect spikes in dead dolphins with the appearance of supertrawlers.

The governments of the EU and the UK are deliberately failing to stop this massacre. They know their system for monitoring dolphin killing is useless. It consists of placing human observers on around 1% of fishing vessels, and only with the consent of the vessel master. Inevitably, the boats most responsible for the problem tend to be the least monitored. For a quarter of the price of this useless and outdated system, every boat could be fitted with remote monitoring equipment and CCTV. But they refuse to enter the 21st Century.

Last year the campaign group Sea Shepherd sailed into this regulatory chasm, and filmed a French trawler in the Bay of Biscay hauling a dead dolphin onto its deck. The official response? The president of Brittany’s fisheries committee characterised the filming as “harassment”.

Neither the European Commission nor the UK government, to judge by the current draft of the Fisheries Bill, intends to put this right. Their refusal properly to monitor or regulate the industry amounts to an intentional and systematic cover-up.

The measures required to protect dolphins are similar to the measures required to allow fish populations to recover. Large zones should be declared closed to all fishing. Instead, almost all our “marine conservation zones” can be legally ploughed by trawlers throughout the year. They are meaningless paper parks. Other areas should be closed at certain seasons, when dolphins congregate.

Fisheries policy should begin with the protection of dolphins and other vulnerable species, and then decide where and how fishing vessels can still operate. But the opposite approach is taken: allow fishing boats to work almost everywhere, unmonitored and scarcely controlled, then wonder what to do about the dead dolphins. The grip of the fishing industry on government policy remains as powerful and mysterious as ever.

Is there any difference between the accidental but inevitable mass killing of dolphins by the fishing industry, and the deliberate annual massacre in Japan, that rightly causes such public outrage? If something is morally wrong, no amount of money can make it morally right. The slaughter of dolphins and other magnificent wildlife is, on any measure, morally wrong.

If you agree, there’s a simple answer. Stop buying fish. Until the industry has been contained, and its devastating impacts ended, we should withdraw our consent. Otherwise, we too are the killers.

BY MR.GEORGE MONBIOT/ daily telegraph newspaper 

date 15/03/20


www.monbiot.com


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HERES WHY WE NEED A SPECIAL BOAT 

1200 HUNDRED DEAD  DOLPHINS WASHED UP ASHORE 2019

ITS MAJOR

"CRIME IN OUR OCEANS "

VERY DISTRESSINGLY !  Over the 9 weeks since writing in early 2019 , dozens of fishing vessels deploying hundreds of miles of monofilament gill nets and dozens of trawlers  have killed over 10,000 dolphins YES 10,000  ! whilst fishing for spawning sea bass .

As many as 4000 Cornish dolphins could have been killed by fishing nets, putting the region’s famous dolphin population at risk of being wiped out.

Fatal injuries

According to scientists investigating the discovery of 1000 dead animals on British and French beaches this spring, the majority of the dead dolphins suffered fatal injuries inflicted by fishing gear.

It is estimated that the bodies of 3000 more dolphins did not reach the shore – bringing the death toll to 4000.

It’s thought at least 100,000 dolphins have been killed in the last twenty years.


This is conveniently termed as BYCATCH by fishermen and authorities.  This is totally unacceptable as the fishermen KNOW full well the Dolphins are amongst the shoals of bass

This why the use monofilament nets need to be banned worldwide now !We only support the traditional Northern Spanish tuna fishing technique of hand pole fishing, totally sustainable way to preserve fish stock .

1200 dead dolphins have washed up on French beaches in the Vendée, Charente Maritime, and Gironde.  English beaches too ,even the Isle of Wight . These deaths are only the tip of the iceberg, since more than 90% of the corpses are gutted, so that they sink to the seabed.  That is over 12,000 killed maybe more .

ITS "CRIME IN OUR OCEANS"

Most of the bodies found are mutilated, with severed fins, gaff hook marks, deep cuts, FROM FISHERMENS KNIVES: its genocide  ! These dolphins, which spend winter in the Bay of Biscay, are victims of non-selective fishing operations (including English trawlers, Danish seiners, German ,French and gillnetters  targeting sea bass and hake for the French market. According to scientists who have been documenting the deaths, the dolphins are also being killed by French and foreign vessels

This is BLUE MURDER !

Sea Shepherd have watched this crime going on for 12 weeks and have done nothing to stop the crime just watched it happen !

 Its time for us to step up the action to protect, help or support us commission our patrol vessel.   We continue to lobbing government to take action to protect dolphins

but the government are not showing any support

to stop this so we have to take direct action at sea .

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          WORLD NEWS

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WEST AFRICA

The coasts are being depleted of fish ,there is only small landings of fish by the traditional boats pictured in the harbour there is little fish for the local families to eat

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CHINESE FISHING FLEET VESSELS

These vessels are fishing the seas bare of all fish ,the Ghanain government have banned foreign vessels but the Chinese have heavy investments in Ghana's fishing vessels  so Ghana's vessels are Chinese  really

  FLAG OF CONVENIENCE fishing.



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TUNA  WILL BE FISHED TO EXTINCTION BOTH BY LEGAL AND ILLEGAL FISHING  the  picture shows the greed of tuna being transferred from the fishing vessel's  net  to another cargo vessel at sea to avoid landing the fish, hence preserving the legal quota, which anyway is corrupt and mismanaged by I.C.C.A.T. the very organisation charged with protecting the tuna

GREED FISHING !

this transfer of fish at sea is done in many countries waters including the U.K.waters

GOOD NEWS!

The Irish Government have banned all large trawlers over 18 meters from within 6 miles of their coastline.  Blue Seas Protection says other Governments should follow suit!

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