fisheries aren't on the verge of collapse. The U.S. commercial
fishing industry has been landing the same tonnage and the same
species mix for well over 50 years. U.S. commercial fishermen
are among the most heavily and effectively
regulated fishermen in the world. These are all documented facts,
and they fly directly in the face of the foundation funded professional
crepe hangers who have built an industry on attempting to convince
you've gotten to this page, it's safe to assume that you are
interested in fish, in fishing and in seafood. That being
the case, we can further assume that, like the rest of us, you've
been assaulted over the last several years with a barrage of
media pronouncements that the Armeggdon of the oceans is at
likely that you take these with a grain of salt.
If you don't, you should.
While our oceans
are certainly facing problems, those problems are not
as the ocean crisis industry would have
us - primarily caused by fishing. And in fact,
the crisis industry's slavish devotion to demonizing fishing is responsible
for the public's turning a blind eye to the real threats: the mass
movement of the people to the coasts, the loss of critical
coastal habitat to the attendant development, and the
continuing and increasing release into our estuaries of an ever-growing
spectrum of household pollutants. But who's looking? A well-coordinated,
multi-million dollar "research" and public relations
campaign blaming it all on fishing has effectively diverted
the public's attention since the Exxon Valdez disaster over
a decade ago.
happen? Of course, but less each year as we learn to more effectively
manage our fisheries. Can the uncontrolled use of fishing gear
negatively impact vulnerable areas of ocean bottom? Sometimes,
but mechanisms are now in place to identify and protect critical
areas (note here that fishing impacts can be readily controlled
but most "upstream effects" from rampant coastal development
continue virtually unabated).
Below are links
to two websites where ocean issues are put into a more realistic
perspective - and unlike most of the "Doom and Gloom"
fishing and oceans sites on the web, the information on
them is as thoroughly documented as possible. Please invest some time in visiting them and
in considering the information they present. The health of the
oceans depends on well-informed political decisions supported
by a well-informed electorate. You're not going to be well-informed
without knowing what's going on behind and beyond the headlines.
p.s. Please visit
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