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Sea Lion Drowned in Drift Net

Giant drift nets, placed around the world’s oceans to catch commercial fish species, kill non-commercial animals just as efficiently, often taking far more of the latter for every useable species ensnared.
(c) Save Our Seas Ltd./ Tom Campbell/Marine Photobank
This sea lion has been caught in killed in a giant drift net, or a “curtain of death,” as photographer Tom Woodward calls them. These giant drift nets, placed around the world’s oceans to catch commercial fish species, kill non-commercial animals just as efficiently, often taking far more of the latter for every useable species ensnared. Billions of tons of dead creatures, like this sea lion, are dumped overboard, wasted and removed from their place in the ecosystem. The fishermen aren't trying to kill sea lions and other animals; but by placing their nets where they are likely to catch target fish, they capture other creatures as well.
Tags: Bycatch