7 Stunning Facts from the 7-Minute Movie “LOSING NEMO”

http://vimeo.com/66514539

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOJSucH65lM

  • 25 Billion Dollars of Tax Money is spent to subsidize the fishing industry each year.

  • 80 Million Tons of Seafood, about 2 Trillion Animals, are Caught each year.

  • 40% of these Animals are Caught as Bycatch – accidental catches, thrown back into the ocean, mostly dead or wounded.

  • 90% of All Large Fish Have Disappeared from our oceans since the 1950s.

  • Ocean Biodiversity is Decreasing.

  • Fishing is a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry.

  • Ocean Conservation Laws are barely being enforced.

What is BIODIVERSITY?

  • All of the different species in one place at one time. In one way or another, they all interact with each other because Earth (its air, land, and water and all life living among them) is one big system. This system is called an ECOSYSTEM.

What are the effects of losing biodiversity?

  • Whenever one population decreases in size, the population of what it ate and other resources it used will increase. These increases will cause other resources to decrease, and so on. Earth’s ecosystem is thrown off balance when biodiversity changes.

  • Earth’s ecosystem plays a huge role in controlling the food chain, water cycle, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, and even the global climate.

How important are oceans?

  • Ocean plants called phytoplankton produce the majority of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.

  • Many nations depend on fish for the majority of their food, typically these are poor nations.

How important is it to keep the ocean water clean?

  • All water on Earth comes from and eventually returns to the ocean. Water is a natural resource that is called a flow resource because it cycles. (Water used to be considered a renewable resource. However, since we now use water at a faster pace than it can cycle back, water is considered a limited, or nonrenewable, resource.)

  • More than half of your body mass is water. We eat it (via food), drink it, and bathe in it.

What is WATER CONSERVATION?

  • It is not just using less water. Water conservation is keeping our water clean and using it wisely.

What is SUBSIDIZE?

  • Money given by a government to an industry in order to help finance it. When a government gives money to an industry, it encourages the industry to expand and produce more.

How many zeros are in a BILLION?

  • Nine. $25 billion looks like this: $25,000,000,000.

What does two TRILLION look like?

  • 2,000,000,000,000. (hundreds, thousands, billions, trillions)

If there are 2 trillion animals caught and 40% are thrown back into the ocean, how many animals are tossed back into the ocean?

  • 800,000,000,000 are caught as bycatch. That’s 800 billion, mostly, dead and injured animals each year!

What’s BYCATCH?

  • Waste! Bycatch is caused by the big nets the fisherman use. The nets trap the fish they want and also other fish, as well as dolphins and whales! (Dolphins and whales are technically mammals because they breath oxygen from air. This is why the movie says 2 trillion animals are caught each year, instead of fish are caught.)

The Blackfish, the organization that created the film, encourages you to share this film.

http://www.theblackfish.org/film/#.UdYHjWJrNtI

And I encourage you to share this post and use its content.

Thank you to the 32 creative people who donated their time and skills to create this entertaining and informative 7-minute video!

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About Faye Lynn

Barefoot and Breathless is a contemporary romance, chick-lit, women's fiction novel about a single mother looking for love, dealing with her son's growing independence, overcoming a past abusive relationship, trying to stay true to her morals, and teaching in a public at-risk school. It's a light, fun read with a writing style of Rachel Gibson meets Janet Evanovich. Like the heroine in Barefoot and Breathless, I'm a teacher, yogi, and single mother. I hope you enjoy reading my posts, and I look forward to reading your comments. Carpe Diem, Faye Lynn
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