Throughout the world, fisherman's nets snare more than just the targeted fish within their nets. The term “bycatch” has come to mean any unwanted and untargeted animal that becomes a victim of the netting process. The World Wildlife Fund now singles out the netting of bycatch as the number one threat to cetaceans today.
In many case the animals that are snared, be they dolphins, small wales, porpoises, or any other marine life, are simply tossed back into the water either dead or dying. Fishing gear poses the largest threat to such animals as the set nets, gillnets, tramel and seins netting, as well as longlines and trawling netting are all highly effective but nondiscriminatory.
It should be of little surprise that Distance Learning would be interested in pushing awareness of the aquatic animals and create an infographic covering the bycatch concern. Each year, over 308,000 deaths by bycatch occur, according to a Duke University study. That equates to over 1,000 animals needlessly killed each day.
In addition to the more 'loveable' creatures, over 1 million sharks and stingrays are caught up in fishing nets and gear each year, only be discarded dead or injured. While larger wales can great free, it is not without the cost of injury. Smaller or weaker wales are often maimed or killed.
The preservation of precious wildlife must be a global effort, and Distance Learning believes that speaking on the subject of environment will help individuals seek career paths into the important field of conservation and wildlife care.
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