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Underwater Photography 2 – Lorenzo Terraneo – Wonderful Photographer with a few words of caution about eating fish.

Italian and passionate about our seas and oceans, Lorenzo Terraneo is much more than a photographer. He screams about the state of our fish stocks in a vehement, yet very scientific manner.

I like to eat fish very much. My favourites are Monkfish and Turbot. Both are sensational!

Lorenzo Terraneo gives us a few cold truths which I invite you to ponder whilst you peruse some of his extraordinary works.

 

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30% of fish stocks have disappeared over the past 30 years.
88% of the fish stocks in Europe are being over-exploited.
Cod shoals in the North Atlantic have been reduced by 95%.
China consumes 1/3 of the world’s fish.

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Farmed fish contain huge amounts of chemical additives, hormones and drugs that are used to rapidly increase the weight of the animal, as well as avoiding harmful epidemics.
It often takes 3 kg of fish meal to produce 1 kg of salmon .
For 10 kg of farmed Sea Bass it takes 100 kg of sardines.

 

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But I need my Omega-3 oils!

In 2010 Britain conducted a medical-scientific study of 19,000 people in which it was shown that the intake of Omega 3 is most efficient if it comes from plants rather than fish. In addition, Omega-3 oils occur at higher concentrations in vegetables and vegetable products:

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A study conducted by the UN shows that every year the following are poured into the sea:

900,000 tonnes of phosphorus
200 million tonnes of nitrous chemicals
85,000 tonnes of heavy metals
200,000 tonnes of organochlorines
47,000 tonnes of polycyclic hydrocarbons

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635,000 tonnes of crude oil spill from ships in the Mediterranean Sea each year.

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100 million sharks and 8,000 whales are killed each year in drift nets … by mistake!

 

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Our Seas and Oceans are bio-diversities which clearly need a more balanced approach to their exploitation. I would like to keep eating my Monkfish and Turbot and other fish besides. If the practice of fishing continues unchecked and the abuse of our environment through turning a blind eye to malpractice is not stamped out, then we have a problem. I suspect we already have a problem far greater than even Lorenzo is aware of.

All Images are ©Lorenzo Terraneo. All Rights Reserved.

Please continue to enjoy some extraordinary images from our oceans – and one above them.

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