The plastic in discarded fishing gear can last up to 600 years, continuing to catch and kill animals until it breaks down into microplastics that contaminate our oceans. In addition to killing animals, ghost gear damages marine habitats such as coral reefs, seagrass beds and salt marshes. Floating gear spreads invasive species and transports toxins and chemical pollutants.
A recent study found that more than 100 million pounds of plastic from fishing gear pollute our oceans each year. “Environmental” organizations recommend costly studies in order to develop future strategies to stop ghost gear. If all goes well, they say, we may someday be able to save some animals “with commercial value” so that they can be slaughtered properly by fishermen.
Or…maybe we could just stop fishing.
Fishermen slaughter over a trillion lives each year, polluting our waters and destroying underwater ecosystems. You can live a long, happy and healthy life without eating marine life.
Live vegan to save marine life and the oceans they call home.