The Department of Parks and Wildlife suspect Mexican fishermen for the illegal netting and deaths of 2,000 - 3,000 sharks off the coast of Texas.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials were shocked by the number of dead sharks found in the 2-3 mile long illegal net pulled from the Gulf Coast. The illegal gill net was dropped 4 miles north of the Mexican border in Texan waters. Fishermen from Mexico are frequently caught dropping illegal gill nets in US waters because fish population in Mexican territory have been so badly decimated.
After 15 years in the Parks and Wildlife Department pulling up illegal nets, Sgt. James Dunks says “this is by far the most sharks I’ve ever gotten in one load.”
Every year, fishermen kill 73 million sharks every year. The individuals responsible for this particular illegal netting have yet to be identified.
More than fifty people were murdered [last week] in what is now the most violent episode in the ongoing Mexican Drug War. Most of the victims were women, some were pregnant. The massacre happened only 140 miles south of Texas in one of the largest metropolitan areasin North America. Yet, as Nancy Baym put it, the American twittersphere was mum. Why? In part, I think, because most of the news websites in the US were ignoring the event.
I generated a ranking of the number of pixels per victim each news website devoted to the massacre. Yes, this issue is much more nuanced than pixels per victim, and I am not a journalism expert but I hope it can help start a discussion (or continue an existing one). If my calculations are correct, CNN devoted 38 pixels per victim, 76 times less than the LA Times which gave 2,920 pixels per victim. (via Social Media Collective)