Sadly, a new innovation in commercial fishing is to use electric shocks to force fish to jump into nets. Called pulse fishing, it is already banned by many countries but is being nonetheless pushed by commercial fishing interests. Quote from Dr. Mercola's newsletter: Electric pulse fishing has already been banned in China, Vietnam, Brazil, the U.S. and Uruguay because of concerns that it harms or kills most fish while degrading habitat. Again, proponents paint pulse fishing as using weak electric pulses to gently startle fish into nets.
The reality, however, is much more severe; the current used is the same as that used by electroshock weapons like Tasers ... "This type of current causes such violent, uncontrolled convulsions that 50 to 70 percent of large cods are left with a fractured spine and internal bleeding after the shock." Reportedly favorable research supporting pulse fishing has focused on the economic performance of fishing vessels (i.e., reduced fuel costs) while ignoring the potentially devastating consequences on ecosystems.
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