There are boats...
Artisanal fishing is probably one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Fatality and injury rates are extremely high, compared to other professions. Accidents often result from inadequately equipped fishermen choosing to work further away from the shore because their traditional fishing grounds have been depleted.
And there are boats, like the ones below, which are considered unhealthy for the oceans
Other tools of the trade include:
From the simplicity of boats and nets...
To the complexities of trawlers and traps
Preparing the product for sale in the market
Catch or bycatch?
Bottom trawlers destroy 4 to 16 pounds of marine life for every fish they catch. The victims of this destruction (bycatch) include more often than not, sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, octopi, and any other creature that gets caught in the path of destruction.
It was not until a couple of years ago when I was going over all the materials I had gathered for a potential book, that I realized that in all the places I photographed there was at least one dog as an active member of the community. Either wandering around, watching the boats, accompanying people, playing or just sleeping on the beach, there is always a dog. How amazingly loyal creatures, dogs are…
More than a call to action, this essay is intended to help us reflect on how much we depend on this planet's health for our survival. We have been treating our planet in the same way bottom-trawler boats operate in our oceans, not only catching much more than the marine life they want to capture but also destroying everything in their path, decimating complete ecosystems with total disregard of the consequences future generations will have to face because of our actions.