by Cheryl Carroll
A short documentary PSA on damage to reef fish and the reef environment caused by the use of fish traps.
This video shows the damage and mortal injuries to non-targeted, undersized and protected species when fish traps are used in the harvest of food fish. This video also shows how abandoned ghost traps continue to kill targeted and non-targeted species without any harvest for as long as they remain intact in the ocean.
The footage was originally shot in 1992 for the fight to ban the gear in Florida and the surrounding federal waters, now some fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico want permission to use this gear again by overturning the 2007 ban on fish traps in the Gulf of Mexico. We have remastered the original footage to raise awareness for the fight to keep this gear banned.
Please watch this video and write to the Gulf Council to let them know that allowing Fish Traps will have dire consequences on gulf fish stocks.
Fish Traps: Explosive Decompression from Cheryl Carroll on Vimeo.