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Fish Waste Is A Thing

An article posted on The Guardian website by Emma Bryce detailed the huge problem that is fish waste: dead fish intentionally being dumped back into the ocean after being caught, though the original case stated that the owners of the boat said it was a problem with the net. Environmental groups said different.

A study done by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) found that 35% of all crustaceans, molluscs, and fish harvested are lost before they even reach a restaurant. That is an insane number of sealife, especially considering the amount that already die because of global warming and climate change. Fish waste has been estimated to double by 2050, likely made harder to figure out since fisheries are known to have unclear supply chains, as well as incomplete and inconsistent datasets.

Not only does this wreak havoc on the environment, but also affects many, many people’s diets. Losing the fish is just a major lost opportunity for nutrition. By deciding to sell fresh fish, studies show that not only does fish spoiling before reaching the stores add to the waste, but the customers tend to throw away large portions of their meal.

If you’re looking to try and help bring down fish waste, even by just a little bit, having your family buy frozen fish could be a very good start. This helps reduce the chances of fish spoiling and of you throwing away your meal. Professionals could also benefit from using all parts of the fish, like the skin being used to treat burns and crustacean waste for biodegradable packaging.

Whether these losses in our sealife are due to fisheries intentionally flooding the ocean with dead fish or if it is simply because of poor equipment management, we not only have a duty to do our best to prevent these losses, but also hold those higher up and more powerful accountable for these devastating blows to the ecosystem.


By Inti Navia, Junior, Chi Arts

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Written by Inti Navia

I love nerding out over Star Wars, Gravity Falls, and Lord of the Rings. I'm an introvert with a never ending appreciation for all things Sci-Fi and fantasy media.

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