Saturday, 4 July 2015

Rule #187: Cyanide fishing

Cyanide fishing is a method of collecting live fish mainly for use in aquariums, which involves spraying a sodium cyanide mixture into the desired fish's habitat in order to stun the fish. The practice hurts not only the target population, but also many other marine organisms, including coral and thus coral reefs.

And I always thought it was done like we saw on finding Nemo. Where a diver goes down with a plastic bag and collects fish one at a time to supply the entire worlds aquarium population. Come to think of it, that would be a lot of dives and a lot of bags.

 Practiced mostly in Southeast Asia, it originated in the Philippines. Later it was adopted by fishing areas in Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives, and Taiwan. The basis for this illegal fishing method, besides aquariums, is the rising demand for live fish in the higher-class restaurants of the big cities, particularly in rich, nearby countries, which pay increasingly high prices. The extremely low wages of the fishermen in remote, underdeveloped areas, where there are no alternative sources of income, drive them to endure the health risks and possible prosecution.

But it's all worthwhile so we can kill fish in these glass fishy jail cells.

In the new world, aquariums will be banned to help reduce the demand for cyanide fishing.



  1. Not to mention all the sharks they kill for shark fin soup.

    1. You have to shoot marine life the way I did today. With a camera. Even though I didn't take any pictures. I took the boat out in the ocean and sailed with whales and porpoises. Dug the scene and sailed home in the sunset.


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