Friday, May 11, 2007
Fishing seen from space
A stunning new view of fishing proves the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. If you've ever wondered whether fishing can disrupt ocean ecosystems, look at fishing seen from space.
Rows of Chines shrimp trawlers near the mouth of the Yangtse River in the photo above present the modern face of fishing. This is very different from the over-romanticized image of fishing that we're often sold--tough weather-beaten men going out to sea in small boats, heroically battling the elements, and bringing back a bushel of food.
This is not to villainize fishing or fishermen, it simply tells a story of what fishing can be like in the modern world.
Image: Remote observation of mudtrails from fishing trawlers, Kyle S. Van Houtan & Daniel Pauly Tweet