We are mining the oceans of life. We don't think about it because it's so far away, and we are so disconnected from the process of catching and killing the fish.
It all brought me back to our little squirrel. Some people may wonder why go to all that effort to save her, given that there's no ecological importance to investing so much to save her.
But for me, it's simple: her life matters to her. She was a vulnerable, suffering creature, and in this case, she was in distress. She needed help.
Dr. Earle reminded her audience of all the marine creatures whose lives we take without even a thought about it. All the suffering, all the by-catch. These are all wild creatures. Dr. Earle said it's "wet bush meat" - akin to the killing of wildlife animals in Africa for the bush meat trade. It's a humane issue and an ecological issue, of the highest importance.
The oceans are vast wilderness areas. We are scraping the bottoms of the seas, trawling with huge nets, and setting barbed long lines that are miles long. It's a wonder there are any fish left. We are killing whales, dolphins, turtles, sea birds, and so many other creatures, in addition to the Atlantic mackerel, halibut, grouper, and other fish that have commercial value and that are the primary targets of these enterprises.