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WHY I DON’T FEED FISH:
1. It’s not healthy. Bread, cookies, or food scraps, are not a natural diet for fish, and contain harmful ingredients like sugar, wheat, and additives.
2. It encourages unnatural behaviour. Fish are part of the ocean’s ecosystem; feeding them interferes with that. Fish leaving the safety of their nests are highly vulnerable to predators. Changing fish behaviour can also cause major long term impacts to their evolutionary traits.
3. Interruptions to the food chain. Fish are also part of the food chain. Feeding them human food prevents them from eating their natural diet, and, as you can see in the illustration, it can be devastating to the natural environment, and also their health.
4. It’s selfish. We aren’t feeding fish because they are starving. We’re feeding them so that we can post a photo on Facebook, and so that we can use these animals for our entertainment. It’s not kind, and it’s not helpful to them.
5. It contributes to ocean pollution. A lot of processed foods contain traces of micro plastics, which can get into the food chain and kill animals. The ‘food’ usually fed to fish comes wrapped in single-use plastics, and where do you think those wrappers end up? Most plastic waste from dive operations and on the coast ends up in the ocean.
6. It encourages divers and snorkelers to touch fish. Let’s admit it, we see cool photos on Instagram and we want to copy them. That’s IG culture. The thing is, even if you didn’t touch the fish or the sea star or the shark or the turtle, people will see that sergeant major fish eating from your fingers and think that it’s ok to touch any animal they like! (it’s not, in case you were wondering)
So let’s recap: PLEASE don’t feed any kind of fish. Scientific research has shown that it DOES NOT HELP them. And we all know that we do it for selfish reasons anyway...
Let’s find something else to photograph, and observe the fish from a respectful distance in their natural habitat.
If you do see someone feeding fish, please EDUCATE them, and REPORT it to the dive centre. Be aware: many people don’t know they’re doing wrong, so please take this into consideration.