Anthony Armentano, Global Animal
Following their collaboration with the tech group, ShadowView, to develop drone technology capable of spotting illegal drift net activity, marine conservationist organization, The Black Fish, continues to combat drift net fishing through a different, yet equally creative medium.
The organization recently released a six-minute, 3D-animated film, entitled Losing Nemo. The short, a mrlee.tv production, was put together by 32 people from all over the globe, with the intent to garner awareness for the bleak future our ocean life is currently facing.
The film tackles frightening truths with effectively powerful visuals. In addition, the animation shows the high number of fish harvested every year and the amount of waste these illegal methods create.
Approximately 40 percent of driftnet catches get discarded back into the ocean, with most of the fish already injured or deceased by the time they are thrown back.
Even more shocking is the film’s claim that research predicts, “all currently exploited fish populations will be gone from the ocean by 2048.”
Drift net fishing is a destructive practice, especially in the Mediterranean where regulations and rules are carelessly ignored. The oceans’ continue to suffer from it, and in the long run the world will eventually suffer as well.
The Black Fish continues to do an unparalleled job fighting the illegal fishing industry. Their message is an important one, so take some time to watch their short, and share it with your friends.
Watch Losing Nemo below, or click on this link to watch the short on Vimeo.