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Fish and marine life

Last updated 21 October 2017

Fish for human consumption are primarily caught by deep sea trawlers in their wild habitat, the ocean. This is a system of fishing where huge nets are laid out on the ocean floor to catch the desired fish. In doing so, the nets catch an immeasurable amount of by-catch (unwanted animals incidentally caught in the process such as sharks, dolphins, turtles, and other marine life which are often dumped back into the ocean dead), as well as the targeted species. There are not slaughterhouses per se for fish, as the process of fishing itself kills them. The pressure change from being deep within the ocean to the surface is known to be so intense that fish can have their eyes forced out of their eye sockets. When they are then brought out of the water and into air, due to being away from their oxygen source, it is suggested to be a similar sensation to that of drowning in water for land-dwelling animals like humans.

Alternatively, there are also factory farm facilities for growing fish. In these facilities there are large amounts of fish who spend their lives in tanks as they grow. They usually start off life at a facility called a 'hatchery' where many tiny fish are then sent out to growing facilities. It is not uncommon for the tanks they live in to fill with the faeces of the fish, and even the bodies of fish who have died. Those who make it to the processing age and size are then trucked to processing facilities where they are turned into the pieces of fish meat we recognise in stores. 

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Trawling 14 October 2017
Relevant bodies and organisations 14 October 2017
'Fishmeal' and 'fish oil' 14 October 2017
Recreational Fishing 14 October 2017

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