Humpback Whale Freed From Fishing Net
By: Michael Deauville
Ap. "Humpback Whale Freed after Week Stuck in Fishing Gear." The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 22 Feb. 2015. Web. 23 Feb. 2015. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11428879/Humpback-whale-freed-after-week-stuck-in-fishing-gear.html>.
Off the coast of Hawaii, a humpback whale was accidentally caught by fishing net. The netting, which is used for crab big purposes, trapped the whale and was injuring the whale as it tried to escape. For over a week, the whale was trapped in the netting; unable to free itself and leave the area. A few days ago, the crew tried to free the whale, but due to rough waters, the rescue was called off. Saturday, though, the efforts continued, and a crew set out to free the whale. The crew reached the whale, attached buoys to it so that it could not dive, and began cutting off the netting. After the netting was cut, the crew tagged the whale so that it could be tracked by marine experts. The whale was last seen swimming out freely off the coast of Hawaii.
Crabbing nets are increasingly causing harm to other marine life. Nets are often unattended for a long period of time, and during that time, unintended wildlife is captured. Mary crabbers are not responsible with their nets, and wildlife is often injured or killed. Innocent animals are being harmed unintentionally, and the violators are not being held accountable. Regulations need to be made in order to protect wildlife, and ensure that nothing is being harmed for the good of somebody else.
Question: With the fishing industry a big business for our worlds economy, do you think that the fisherman should be held accountable for the destruction they create when accidentally harming unintended catches?