This eye-opener was published in The Guardian today. It depicts the biomass of fish in the North Atlantic as it was in 1900 and as of just a decade ago. That's today's North Atlantic on the right. What's missing? You guessed it, fish.
Sometimes a picture is indeed worth a thousand words.
On 25 February 2011, a CBC story entitled "N.L. Fishery Report Recommends Massive Cuts" referred to an independent report suggesting that cuts of up to 80% of the fishing fleets were needed. Fisheries minister Jackman rejected the report, claiming the $450m required to implement the changes was too high, and that the industry and unions would have to come up with a restructuring plan other than simple downsizing.
We just don't get it, do we? If we don't start downsizing, nature is going to do it for us.
The Euros have even chased the remaining stocks down to the west coast of Africa. They've pillaged the fishery there so effectively that some of the migrants now streaming to Europe are Africans who have lost their traditional livelihoods.
The North Atlantic situation is mirrored elsewhere. So much of the world's population, essentially the poor, rely on fish as their primary, sometimes only source of protein.
Fighting over who gets the lion's share of dwindling resources is a recipe for disaster and in the end we will all lose. The developed nations don't have the right to economic prosperity and growth at the expense of the poorer, undeveloped nations. I think the burden is on us to end our waste and excessive consumption of energy and resources.
This report came from BC?
Who would have thought !!
I never heard thsi on CBC,CKNW or Global.
That darn Liberal media..
Well at least the CBC reported the N.L. study calling for drastic cuts. I wonder what the coverage will be of the 2012 Rio Earth Summit one year from now? Greenpeace is pushing for a global network of protected marine reserves and also an end to the horrible wastage of by-cath.
We need progress on energy conservation and renewables, zero deforestation, and ocean protection, but all we ever hear about is the "green economy". I'm all for renewables but not without conservation.
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