A whale shark swims in the warm water off the coast of the Philippines. According to the Australian government, around 66% of whales and other toothed cetaceans die as a result of botched attempts to use whale sharks as lures for tuna. Greenpeace is campaigning to stop the use of fishing aggregating devices (FADs) in Pacific waters. These floating devices are left in the water by fishing vessels to attract tuna. However, their usage results in the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of thousands of juvenile tuna, whales, sharks and rays every year known as by-catch.
Have you ever stopped doing what you do for a moment and think about where you get all the things you need to live? Our Oceans. Every third breath we take comes from it. A lot of what we eat live in it. Jobs of many of our countrymen depend on it. We can’t live without our Oceans.
The race to save the ‘Porsche of the Sea’ – the majestic bluefin tuna, which can accelerate faster than a Porsche and swim up to 43mph, is threatened by overfishing. Taiwan is at the center of this crisis, with fishing boats in every ocean of the world and the largest fishing fleet in the Pacific. It is vital that the Taiwanese government gets on board to help save the world’s tuna.