What Is Underwater Deforestation?
You've probably heard about how destructive deforestation is on land, but did you know it's just as bad underwater?
Bottom trawling involves dragging large heavy nets along the seafloor in order to catch marine life. These ships destroy vital habitats, release as much carbon as all the world’s air travel by disturbing ocean sediment, and the largest trawlers can catch 400 tons of fish per day.
Approximately 25 million acres of forest are lost every year. Yet 3.9 billion acres of seafloor are lost due to trawling. That’s the equivalent land area of: Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Iran, Turkey, Thailand, Australia demolished every year. Or the equivalent of losing 4,316 soccer fields every minute! - Seaspiracy