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Using Plastic Waste to Fish Threatens Seas
A highly destructive form of fishing practiced along Kerala's coast by dumping tons of plastic waste, used bottles and tires into the sea is threatening marine life and making the state's waters a cesspool of marine debris.

Marine experts and environmentalists say that increasing number of fishermen, mostly led by migrant fisher folk, are taking to this unconventional fishing employing self-made 'fish aggregating devices' made mainly out of plastic waste to catch the pricier cuttlefish.

Artificial rock-shaped structures are created in the seabed by dropping the waste material to lure the fish for breeding, thereby netting an easy catch of the fish. The practice is posing multiple environmental and ecological hazards including threats to state's marine biodiversity and danger of plastic entering the food chain of marine life.

 
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