100,000 dead fish found floating like a carpet in French waters!What the hell is going on?

2022-06-15 0 By

On February 3, 2022, a fishing boat dropped 100,000 dead blue cod in French waters, which was filmed by French environmental groups.This huge fish look like a pile of spray, close look only to find that the bodies of these fish have revealed the silver belly, close together, dense, like a huge carpet, floating in the sea.What the hell is going on here?The FV Margiris, owned by Parlevliet & Van der Plas of the Netherlands, is the second largest superfishing vessel in the world.The Margieris is 142 meters long, weighs 9,500 tons and is equipped with a net that is 600 meters long and more than 200 meters wide.From 150 to 300 tons of fish can be easily scooped up in one net.After obtaining a fishing permit from France, they went fishing in French waters.But on the day of the accident, they were using nets that were more than a kilometer long and could have caught more fish, drawing strong criticism from environmental authorities.The boat pulled more than 100,000 fish from its nets to the Atlantic coast of France, where all were discarded.Although the owner of the fishing boat company said the spill was caused by a broken net, environmental groups are convinced that the fish were dumped on purpose.The French fisheries ministry said it was also shocked by the 3,000-square-metre “shoal carpet” and launched an investigation with the European Fisheries Commission.So was the fish spill accidental or deliberate?If it was intentional, what was the purpose of the fishing boat?French conservationists say it was a deliberate dumping of the fish, and suspect the fishing company of being too cumbersome to process.I have to say there is some truth to this suspicion.First of all, the fish that were abandoned were all blue cod, which are not really “cod” but just named “cod”.Blue cod are smaller, about the length of a human hand, but smaller in stature.It’s hard enough to gut these tiny fish, but europeans are used to separating the flesh, bone, skin and head, so handling 100,000 blue cod is a huge headache.Although the ship has a well-developed system for sorting and processing the fish it catches, the fishing company cannot afford the high cost.Why do you have to throw fish away?Some friends may say, if you can’t handle the fish, it’s not good to salvage it and keep it. Why do you have to throw it away?What a waste!In fact, it is common practice on deep-going vessels to throw unsold or worthless fish back into the sea.In the fishing industry, they’re called Bycatch, which is animals that fishermen catch unintentionally when they catch other Marine species.Bycatch includes animals that are caught and released, as well as animals that die accidentally during fishing operations.But the European Union has a strict ban on discarding bycatch.That’s because many sea animals die once caught, and there’s no point in putting them back into the sea.Environmentalists say this is not sustainable fishing, but pollution of the Marine environment.Trawling Sea animals die in large numbers during fishing because of the way they are caught.Large fishing boats, like the Margiris, often trawl.That is, after the arrangement of the fishing net, fixed on the boat began to sail, the fish in the sea “pocket” into the net and then.The fish caught in this way are squeezed together and can easily suffocate.At the same time, some deep-sea fish adapted to the high-pressure environment of the deep sea, suddenly caught in shallow water or on shore, is also very easy to cause death.Large ocean-going vessels catch a lot of bycatch after long fishing trips at sea, and they separate the fish from the ones that can be sold.The valuable fish are quickly processed and refrigerated on board, while fish like blue cod, which are cumbersome to process and of low value to use, can only be processed into animal feed such as fish oil and fish meal.So the blue cod, when they get to a certain point, take up too much room on the boat, and the dead fish may rot and stink, and they are thrown out to sea.The deep-sea Fishing Association was the first to comment on the dumping of the dead fish, arguing that the more than 100,000 discarded blue cod should have been included in the ship’s catch quota.But the fish weighed no more than 100 tons, a drop in the ocean compared with the Margielis’ 18,000 ton quota, and the punishment seemed trivial.Unsurprisingly, the ship is still fishing freely in French waters.Can 100,000 dead fish pollute the ocean?French environmentalists were outraged when they saw 100,000 dead fish floating in the sea, arguing that dumping the dead fish would pollute the sea.In fact, despite the large number of dead fish, it is unrealistic to expect significant damage to ocean water quality.Environmentalists are right to worry that dead animals will rot and pollute the water.Dead fish in closed ditches or ponds can indeed breed bacteria and fungi, and further contaminate the water because the environment is closed.However, in the high salinity of seawater, bacterial growth is largely inhibited, so dead fish are less likely to rot and stink.People often say that “a whale falls, all things live”, think of the whale falls we are not difficult to understand.A whale can grow up to 30 meters long and weigh hundreds of tons. Not only will it not pollute the water after it dies, but it will become food for other Marine life and support more life.These 100,000 blue cod in the sea would also be quickly digested by other animals.In addition, the oceans of the world are interconnected and not closed ponds. They have a strong self-purification ability and will soon be restored to normal. This is what the ancients meant when they said “running water never corrupts”.In fact, it is not pollution that we should really be worried about, but the plight of Marine life caused by our extensive fishing methods.According to statistics, the annual fishing volume of the world’s oceans is nearly 100 million tons. From 1974 to 2015, the sustainable level of global wild fishery resources decreased from 90% to 66.9 percent.In 2015, 33.1 percent of the world’s wild fish stocks were unsustainably overfished, with discarded by-catch from ocean fishing accounting for 30 percent of total catch.If all fishing boats trawled, as the Margieris did, harvesting millions of tons of Marine life at a time, the ocean’s regenerative capacity would come to an end.Not to mention that the ship abandoned more than 100,000 fish in one fell swoop.Therefore, in terms of fishing, human beings should formulate and abide by sustainable fishing rules instead of draining the pond.