Archive for ‘Species Extinction’

Energy losses of 90% for feeding farm animals fish protein

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Wild fish fed to animals on a massive scale include anchovies, sardines, mackerel, and herring, which are ground into a cheap fishmeal and sold for animal feed. In other words a protein source is being fed to animals on corporate farms with a 90% energy loss.

Source: Industrial Farm Animals Consume 17% of Wild-Caught Fish – current.com

Date: 6 August 2008

1/3 of global fish catch fed to livestock

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

More than one-third of all fish caught in world’s oceans is going into food for livestock and farmed fish.

Source: Oceans being killed off to feed livestock, farmed fish – Seattle Post Intelligencer

Date: 29 October 2008

40% of global marine catch unintentional

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

40% of global marine catch is caught unintentionally, according to WWF, with at least 38 million tons a year of by-catch and 95.2 million tons of global catch. 90% of marine life caught in shark fin fishing is by-catch.

Source: 40% of global fish haul wasteful bycatch: WWF survey

Date: 16 April, 2009

3,000 turtles on California coast dead as result of by-catch

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Almost 3,000 sea turtles found dead on 27 mile section of southern coast of Baja California due to by-catch.

Source: Thousands of endangered sea turtles killed as fishing bycatch in Mexico – Monga Bay

Date: 15 October 2008

¼ of all catch returned back to sea dead

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

It is estimated that a quarter that what is caught is wasted and thrown back into the sea dead. Tuna fisheries responsible for deaths of one million sharks annually.

Source: Bycatch – wasteful and destructive fishing – Greenpeace

Date: NA

250,000 endangered turtles die each year, and further examples of industrial fishing costs

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

By-catch gets more than 300,000 small whales, dolphins, and porpoises on their fishing nets every year, making by-catch the largest cause of mortality for small cetaceans and pushing many to verge of extinction. More than 250,000 endangered loggerhead turtles and endangered leatherback turtles are caught on long-lines set for tuna, swordfish. Long-lining threatens 26 species of seabird and kills more than 300,000 seabirds annually. 89% of hammerhead sharks and 80% of thresher and white sharks have disappeared in the Northeast Ocean in last 18 months due to by-catch. Shrimp trawlers catch 35 million juvenile red snappers each year. Billions of corals, sponges, starfish and other invertebrates are caught by by-catch.

Source: Bycatch – WWF

Date: NA

Overfishing threatens 32% of sharks with extinction

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

32% of sharks are threatened with extinction due to overfishing according to IUCN Shark Specialist Group.

Source: IUCN Shark Specialist Group

Date: 26 June 2009

Marine by-catch is fed to livestock

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Fish silage, made from by-catch or chopped or ground fish waste, is fed to livestock.

Source: Fish silage for feeding livestock – UN FAO

Date: NA

Overfishing contributes to global warming and food insecurity

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Overfishing is one of the causes of global warming and food insecurity. The oceans trap CO2, but need a healthy population of fish in order to continue to do that. Long-lines have 1.4 billion hooks on them, enough to encircle the globe 550 times. The mouth of the largest trawler net in the world can accommodate 13,747 jumbo jets. The most popular varieties of fish will be extinct in a few decades. The Atlantic blue fin tuna population has decreased by almost 90% since 1970. Japan has bought $6 billion worth of illegal blue fin tuna over a 20 year period. Industrial fining takes 1/3 of fin population annually.

Source: Interview with Rupert Murray, director and Charles Clover, author of the documentary ‘End of the Line’ on YouTube

Date: 2009

UN states 80% of all marine life fully exploited

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The UN states that 80% of all marine life is fully exploited, or in decline. Most of the stocks of the top ten species, which together account for about 30 percent of world marine capture are fully exploited or overexploited.

Source: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2008 – Part 1: World Review of Fisheries and Aquaculture – FAO Fisheries Department

Date: 2008

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Livestock Production and Shorter-Lived Climate Forcers

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Leaders Preserving Our Future - Insights Paper - WPF - November 2010

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Maintaining a Climate of Life - Summary Report

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Livestock's Climate Impact

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Livestock & Sustainable Food

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Reducing Shorter-Lived Climate Forcers Through Dietary Change

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The global cost of biodiversity loss: 14 trillion Euros? - EU Commission (2008)

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Forests, Fisheries, Agriculture: A Vision for Sustainability (2009)

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