This would be kind of ok if all of that sea life was recovered and released back, but most of it dies in the process or on the boat and is released into the sea. The upper extreme of this practice only yields one pound of shrimp for every 20 pounds of marine life caught! The worldwide average is 5.7 lbs of bycatch for 1 lb of shrimp. Shrimp trawling is so environmentally destructive that Costa Rica banned it from its waters entirely. The country estimated that a staggering 871,000 tons of bony fishes, sharks, and rays were caught as bycatch from 1950 - 2008.
Farmed shrimp is now 90% of the market (thankfully) and we want to help make it 100%. The hidden costs of wild caught shrimp are coming to light and we need to leave our sea floors untouched so they can heal.