Ocean Plunder - We are the Pigs of the Sea!

Any politician anywhere in the world that does not speak out loudly against the practice of Shark fining, Drift netting, High seas bottom trawling, Longline fishing or Our plastic in our oceans is not worth a single vote.  Any such person that says that it is not their portfolio to speak out on such issues should line up for the dole.

If your Prime Minister or President or any other politician or, if your media: Television, Radio or Print don�t make the following issues a priority then they are nonsense.  If any intelligent person does not do likewise then they are selfish and pathetic.  No apologies for being blunt.

Note � the more your media give you Car accidents and Football as a priority instead of real issues then they are nonsense by default.

If there is no change in the way we are presently fishing and poisoning our oceans we will go down in history as �The two legged pigs of the sea�.  Those in power that allow this outrage to continue are environmental criminals.  If you think that this definition is a little emotive then perhaps its time you checked your priorities.

We are killing our oceans and that is a biological fact.  At the present rate of destruction the damage to our oceans is unsustainable and any person that says that this is an exaggeration is uninformed.

Clean Ocean Foundation � Australia www.cleanocean.org
People & the Planet � Ocean Pollution www.peopleandplanet.net/doc.php?id=411
Natural Resources Defense Council � Clean Water & Oceans www.nrdc.org/water/oceans
National Center for Policy Analysis - Pollution www.debate-central.org/topics/2003/LINKS/Pollution/Pollution-Significant

Oiled Jackass penguins, South Africa.
Look at the disgusting things that we do to our innocent fauna.

Driftnet Fishing an Abuse of the Global Commons

Did you know that thousands of tons of: turtles, fish, whales and dolphins are left dead to rot in our oceans every year.  This happens because of what are called �Drift net by-catch�; meaning that only the fish that are worth the most money are taken, the rest the (by-catch) are dumped.  Yes, thousands and thousands of tons every year.  Aren�t we civilised humans wonderful creatures?

The nonsense of saying that they are allowed to do this in so-called international waters is just that �nonsense�.  These waters belong to us all and must be protected for the future survival of our planet.  Any President or Prime Minister or any politician anywhere in the world who does not speak out against this outrage is by default, an accomplice; regardless of their portfolio.

High Seas Bottom Trawling

This is one of the most destructive practices ever devised against our oceans and those that invented it and practice it must be some of the most arrogant, selfish and ignorant people on the planet.  If my words upset you, well bad luck because they are meant to; don�t we have enough environmental problems on the planet without pigs coming forth and inventing such a disgusting industry as High Seas Bottom Trawling.

Some of the countries responsible for this vandalism are:-

and those responsible have the gall to call themselves civilised.

High Seas Bottom Trawling Greenpeace Red-Herrings
Solutions to bottom trawling Greenpeace Bottom Trawling
Images of Bottom Trawlers at Sea Scoop - New Zealand
Save the High Seas Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
Moratorium on High Seas Bottom Trawling Moratorium [Coral-List] Email
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Underwater Mountains Threatened by Fishing
Planet Ark Greenpeace Wants Halt to Deep Seas Bottom-Trawling
Oceana Campaign Take Action - Oceana Campaign
Ban high seas bottom trawling: UN The Australian News
Extinction Marks the Spot Greenpeace Campaign
Update on high seas bottom trawling from Rainbow Warrior & UN meeting Greenpeace News
Call for moratorium to protect seamounts from high seas bottom trawling The Moratorium
High Seas Trawling Threatens Squid IEMA

Driftnet Links

It took Italian coast guard divers several hours to free five sperm whales, among them a calf who was completely entangled, from a fishing net in the Mediterranean Ocean in August 2004.  When all of the animals were finally cut free, they were covered with lesions, and it was a miracle that all of them survived the entrapment.........

The plunder of the global commons.
Article from Earthtrust "President's Letter," December 1995
Driftnet moratorium being violated Green Left Weekly
Greenpeace Driftnet Campaign Greenpeace
Sperm Whales entangled in driftnet off the Italian coast The Humane Society of The United States
Driftnet fisheries in Russia Greenpeace Archive
Driftnet fisheries and their impacts on non-target species One Fish

Longline Fishing Links

If we do not do something about longline fishing, some species of the Albatross and many other creatures will soon become extinct.

Albatross Conservation:Longline Fishing Birds Australia.
Seabirds die from longline fishing activities Sea Birds
Long-line fishing hooks threaten mighty albatross Ocean Watch 1996
Longline Campaign Sea Shepherd Good Pics
Longline Fishing Threatens Galapagos Birdlife News
Incidental catch or (bycatch) of seabirds during oceanic longline fishing Australian Government site
Building partnerships to combat illegal longline fishing Small Islands Voice Global Forum

Shark Finning
SOS. Save our Sharks

All intelligent caring people - say no to Shark Fin Soup

The hideous practice of cutting the fins of a shark and then throwing the poor creature back into the sea alive cannot be called a civilized practice.  So by definition any person that has no concerns about such a practice would have to be called uncivilised.  The only reason people eat shark fin soup is because of the texture; the texture is cartilage.  There is no nutritional value in cartilage and nutritionally it has been likened to eating your fingernails or your hair.

Some estimate that the number of sharks plundered from our oceans for the shark fin soup industry amounts to around 100 million sharks a year.  Our oceans cannot sustain this obscenity.  No educated person could justify such a practice.  The main countries where shark fins are consumed are Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Malaysia, plus there are some restaurants in Australia that serve shark fin soup.  My suggestion is that you let such restaurants know your feelings and let them know that what they are doing is highly irresponsible and very destructive to our oceans.

Ocean Environment
Asian Shark-Fin Trade May Be Larger Than Expected
Sharks in Peril
Shark Info
Illegal Shark Finning

Our plastic in our Oceans

Bottle caps and other plastic objects are visible inside the decomposed carcass of this Laysan albatross on Kure Atoll, which lies in a remote and virtually uninhabited region of the North Pacific.  The bird probably mistook the plastics for food and ingested them while foraging for prey.

Millions of tons of garbage including plastics are dumped into our oceans every year.  When garbage lands in the streets, much of it gets washed down the drain and eventually ends up in the sea.  Turtles, whales, dolphins and many other sea creatures are choking to death on our garbage right this minute.

Does your Prime Minister or President care about what is happening to our oceans?  Do you care?  If you do care, tell your Prime Minister or your President so.  Tell them that you want to see action instead of jingoistic and patriotic drivel.  If they do not act then they are ignoring biological and environmental terrorism.  You know the old saying �If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem�.

Trashed � Across the Pacific Ocean, Plastics, Plastics Everywhere
Plastic trash washes into our oceans � Manila Times
Sea Shepherd Essays � The Plastic Sea
Plastic is Drastic - The World�s Largest �Landfill� is in the Middle of our Ocean
Dumping waste into the ocean � Danielle Gifford
Ocean dumping is havoc to marine mammals � Friends of Animals
Human Impact on Oceans - Acid rain from above and toxic waste from below
Paper or Plastic
Plastic, Plastic Everywhere � The voyage of the Alguita to learn the truth
Ecocycle Times � A sea of Plastic the size of Africa
Hinterland Who�s Who - Preventing marine pollution
The Ocean Channel � Ocean Pollution
A comparison of plastic and plankton In the North Pacific central gyre
Crunch Time - Water Pollution and what we can do