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The mass of white lights to the east shows Thailand’s capital Bangkok, its city streets abuzz with nocturnal activity. But the green lights dotted to the south of the city, in the Gulf of Thailand, and to the west, in the Andaman Sea, are something rather different. These lights reveal the position of many hundreds of fishing boats, which use huge banks of green LED lights to attract plankton and small fish to the sea surface. The lured fish act as attractive bait for the prime target – squid.
Night fishing with light-up lures that can be seen from space
To me that’s clearly not the earth it’s space, there are clear constant stars in the background
They do not use anything like glow sticks for squid fishing so you sound completely out of touch.
originally posted by: Woodswatcher
I read that as well, but that seemed highly implausible. I have commercial fisherman in my family. Not squid but blue crab, trawler and long line. Last I knew they used glow sticks. Not different colored grid pattern lights. And if they are talking about deck lights, they aren't that bright. I was helping do that stuff 20 years ago. Things may have changed since then.
About 300 to 500 kilometers (200 to 300 miles) offshore, a city of light appeared in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. There are no human settlements there, nor fires or gas wells. But there are an awful lot of fishing boats.
Squid boats can carry more than a hundred of these lamps, generating as much as 300 kilowatts of light per boat.
Yes 300 KW is a huge amount of power, and given the efficiency of LEDs, the light output is staggering.
originally posted by: Doxanoxa
a reply to: Arbitrageur
Isn't the real story here that squid fishing fleets throw more light than some cities?
I have wondered if any kind of squid evolution is going on to deal with this. Like we use antibiotics that kills most bacteria but a few survive and then reproduce into an antibiotic resistant super-strain that's not easily killed by antibiotics. We know that happens.
300kw per boat is awesome, I can't imagine the effect this has on wildlife in the ocean.
I had no idea this goes on. Like the garbage patch in the Pacific it's unknown to ordinary worker bees like me. Sorry but that's how it is.
Sounds ludicrous but one day we might see squid sold as being 'wild and caught without the benefit of artificial light'.
Shame on us for needing to trick our prey like this