Bycatch Watch: It’s Worse Than You Think

By on Thursday, July 14th, 2011

According to a great story by writer, and sometime fisherman, Tom Gogola in this week’s New York Magazine, 7.3 million tons of fish that don’t meet fishing quotas die on board ships after the more desirable swimmy creatures are sorted through and put aside. That wasted, dead millions? Tossed back into the water. It’s a mind-boggling amount of creatures killed and tossed aside for no good reason — and with the crisis of overfishing and subsequent destruction of marine life and the general watery ecosystem at large, one that makes a person wonder: How are these rules benefitting the hungry, the livelihood of fisherman, and the world at large?

Written by Amy Zavatto

Amy Zavatto, Toque's East Coast editor, is a food, wine, spirits and travel writer for books and magazines.

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