Humpback Whale Freed From Fishing Net
By: Michael Deauville

Source:

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>.

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northame...

Summary:

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.

Ethical Dilemma:

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?

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2 years ago
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Yes they should be held accountable and should use practices that are less harmful.

2 years ago
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I think they are definitely responsible and need to find ways to get someone out there to check the net frequently

2 years ago
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I do think they should be held accountable for the destruction they create. There should be a better way to catch crab without harming other sea creatures.

2 years ago
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Yes they should be held responsible.

2 years ago
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I think the fisherman as well as the company should be held accountable because they are being irresponsible with the nets and are even using nets that do not degrade over time. I understand that sometimes accidents happen and some creatures are unintentionally caught, but fisherman should be more responsible and should care enough to make sure that they avoid these accidents as much as possible instead of allowing them to happen freely.

2 years ago
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Yes they need to be held accountable because if they aren't held accountable they will never change and the unintended fish will still be caught.

2 years ago
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yes, they should be held accountable. they need to develop safer nets so that marine wildlife is not unintentionally killed.

2 years ago
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They should be held a accountable and I don't think fishermen should Be able to leave their nets unattended. They should have to stay their with their nets and make sure nothing bad happens

2 years ago
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The fishing industry should definitely be held responsible for the destruction they cause—they should be required to pay for programs to help animals caught in their nets, and there should be regulations describing where and for how long these industries can keep their nets out.

2 years ago
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Yes they should be held accountable. However, unfortunately large amounts of bi-catch are just thrown back into the ocean.