to end fish traps in the US Caribbean Thousands of small tropical
fish are caught every year in wire mesh fish traps and entanglement
nets in the U.S. Caribbean. Most of these fish die needlessly, being
tossed overboard as bycatch. Tropical
fish, which play a vital role in keeping reef areas clear of algae
growth, can comprise up to 54% of fish trap catches. Therefore,
fish trap use is contributing to the loss of coral bottom cover
due to algal invasion and overgrowth.