Billions of small fish ground into pellets #livestockindustry
By Kai Simmons.
Twenty-eight million tonnes of small fish species, such as sardines and anchovies, collectively known as 'Forage Fish' are commercially caught from the world's oceans each year and turned into feed for a variety of livestock, such as pigs, cows and even farm-raised fish.
These Forage Fish amount to 33% of the global annual catch of all fish. As well as being a colossal and needless loss of life, these little fish are a key part of marine ecosystems. Removing such large amounts of them has grave implications for the balance of all ocean life.
“ONE THIRD OF FISH CAUGHT GLOBALLY ARE GROUND UP AND USED FOR LIVESTOCK FEED”
1.4KG - 2.3KG of ocean fish are needed to make feed to produce just 0.45KG commercially farmed fish.
Over 90 species of fish in European waters at risk of extinction, mainly due to overfishing.
Up to 40% of all hauls consist of bycatch - fish which were not intended to be caught.
The livestock industry's web of destruction and death extends far beyond the slaughterhouse walls.
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Website title: Seafish.org
Article: Fishmeal and fish oil facts and figures
Article title: Forage Fish: From Ecosystems to Markets
Website title: Annual Reviews
Author: Oliver Milman
Article title: Meat industry blamed for largest-ever 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico
Website title: The Guardian