What can we do?
While the ultimate goal is regulating or even banning trawling of any kind, we can start with focusing on the most egregious and destructive component of the industry- Bottom trawling.
There is overwhelming scientific evidence that bottom trawling causes terrible damage to seafloor ecosystems and even more terrible damage to the fragile and slow growing ecosystems of the deep sea.
Bottom trawling must be phased out.
Here are some specific ways you can help stop this atrocious waste of life, by using your vote, your money, and your voice.
- Knowledge is power, the more that we talk about the trawling industry and bring light to the devastation, the more likely it is to be regulated- or better yet, stopped completely. Many, if not most, people worldwide have no idea what trawling or bycatch is. This must be changed. The longer people don’t know about the devastation, the longer it can continue to happen.
- Educate yourself on where your seafood comes from and buy ethically! Even the businesses that advertise as ‘ethically caught’ or ‘sustainably fished’ may be lying to you. Best sourced Seafood will always be from local fisherman or small seafood markets, almost never from a ‘corporate source’. This especially applies to fishing industries given the ‘Marine Stewardship Council’ stamp of approval-
- Know your fishing practices! What is the difference between trawling and pot fishing? What fishing practices are sustainable for long term use of the amazing renewable resources the ocean provides? Being well educated on these matters lets us speak passionately and confidently to others- this will help spread the knowledge!
- We must put pressure on the trawling industry, pushing to end bottom trawling through clear actions. Focus where our money is being spent, favor selective fisheries that have more sustainable practices of fishing, and donate to nonprofits targeting the trawlers deviation.
- Contact your local, state and federal legislators and insist that trawling be heavily regulated and/or scrutinized.
- Stay informed by joining or checking in with Oceania, AMCC (Alaska Marine Conservation Council) or any number of other front line organizations that are leading the fight against this horrific industry.
- Join the movement, getting moment by moment updates about Alaskan bycatch through this Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/181111123119023
This is just a relatively broad overview of this travesty called trawling and we urge you to learn more, do more and speak more to friends and associates about this egregious and heartbreaking assault on the oceans of our planet that belong to us all, sustain us all and contain so much miraculous, magical, sustainable and marvelous and diversity of species and life!
Sacred Acre will be providing, for those that are interested, an educational and informational area, called ‘The Estuary’, where organizations and individuals will be providing a lot of current and relevant information about trawling and other critical issues facing the ocean, wildlife and waterways of Alaska. Sacred Acre’s intention regarding these existential issues will be to educate, organize, and galvanize the people of Alaska and beyond.