Trashing Your Livelihood

Category: Education

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Marine Debris Education For Commercial Fishermen


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It’s Trashing Your Livelihood Photo: Colin Lowe, 2006


© 2007 – Prepared by for under award NA06NOS4630024 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

Your Ocean Workplace: 

Your Ocean Workplace Covers most of earth’s surface In the Central Pacific, there are up to 6 pounds of marine litter to every pound of plankton 60% - 80% ocean debris originates on shore 20% - 40% discarded overboard Photo: Maui Aina

North Pacific Gyre: 

North Pacific Gyre Credit: Alexander Trevi Graphics: Alexander Trevi

Trash From Fishing Vessels: 

Trash From Fishing Vessels Nets, lines Buoys Plastics - bottles, gear, packaging Packaging bands Cigarette butts Gloves, clothing Strapping bands Photo: Louisiana Sea Grant Program

A Potentially Huge Economic Impact: 

A Potentially Huge Economic Impact About 50% of Seafood Harvested in U.S. Is Caught in The North Pacific Credit: Jen Chan Photo: Jen Chan

Six Results Of TrashThrown Overboard . . .: 

Six Results Of Trash Thrown Overboard . . . Photo: Andrea Zanivan


Curtailment of fishing and your income due to species endangerment Diminished markets and sales due to negative consumer perceptions Reduction in the safety and health of your family, friends & customers Expensive repairs and lost fishing time Fines & legal hassles An ugly, degraded environment in which to work

1. Curtailment of Fishing and Your Income Due to Species Endangerment: 

1. Curtailment of Fishing and Your Income Due to Species Endangerment Photo: J. Dzugan, AMSEA


267 Marine Species Are Harmed Worldwide By Plastics Alone (U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, 1998) Photo: Ocean Conservancy Photo: Bob King, MCAF


Discarded Gear “Fishes” In Perpetuity Photo: NOAA


Harm Marine Animals; Potentially Close Your Fishery Photo: Ocean Conservancy


Photo: NOAA


Trash Can Mimic Food Photos: NOAA

Trash Mimics Food: 

Trash Mimics Food Photo: Claire Fackler, NOAA


Debris Can Destroy Fish Habitat Photo: NOAA

2. DiminishedMarkets and Sales: 

2. Diminished Markets and Sales Consumers Respond To Negative Reports Photo: Katherine H.


Toxins In Your Catch Are Bad News Photo: Washington State Dept. of Health


Plastic Photo: Greenpeace


Monofilament line - 600 years Plastic bottles - 450 years Plastic bags - 10 to 20 years Plastic’s Amazing Lifespan Photo: Wilbert Baan (U.S. National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FL)


Plastic Attracts Other Toxins Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


More Sources of Toxins...

3. Protect the safety & health of YOUR family: 

3. Protect the safety & health of YOUR family Photo: Florian Boyd

4. Expensive Repairs and Lost Fishing Time: 

4. Expensive Repairs and Lost Fishing Time Photo: N.Z. Grand Prix Hydroplane Drivers Club


Disabling Your Vessel in Adverse Conditions Photo: J.J. Pronk

5. Fines and Legal Hassles: 

5. Fines and Legal Hassles Photo: USCG



6. An Ugly, Degraded Environment In Which You Must Work : 

6. An Ugly, Degraded Environment In Which You Must Work Photo: MCAF Photo: T.J. McCann

What Can You Do?: 

What Can You Do? Photo: Mark Giles

Solution: Create Less Trash: 

Use Less Packaging Photo: Ian Broyles Solution: Create Less Trash


Reuse Items When Possible Photo: Blake Emrys


. . . Recycle Recycle Photo: J. Dzugan, AMSEA Photo: Florida Sea Grant

Solution: Zero Tolerance: 

Solution: Zero Tolerance Photo: Shawn McClung


Secure Everything Onboard Gear Equipment Trash Photo: Bill Harris Photo: Vesa Harkonen


Never Discard Anything Overboard Photo: Ed Fladung


Take All Trash To Shore Photo: J. Dzugan, AMSEA

Solution: Shrink The Problem: 

Participate In Beach Clean-Up Photo: MCAF Solution: Shrink The Problem


Report Littered Beaches & Floating Debris Photo: Lawrie Phipps Photo: Colin Lowe

Stow It - Don’t Throw It…: 

Stow It - Don’t Throw It… Leave only footprints on the shore. . . Photo: J. Dzugan, AMSEA

… and leave only a wake on the sea: 

Photo: Tom Hodgkinson … and leave only a wake on the sea

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