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"All things being equal, this could just be passed off as
business – and government ineptitude - as usual. However, when tens of millions
of dollars in donations by mega-foundations with “marine conservation” agendas
that are looked at skeptically by so many in the fishing industry are thrown
into the mix, should this be considered as just more business as usual or does
it warrant a much closer look?"
examination of several recent initiatives to have fish
and seafood suppliers in the United States provide sustainability
certification to the products that they provide abd
some not-so-obvious connections between and among the
involved organizations, Seafood certification
- who's really on first? is available at http://www.fishnet-usa.com/SeafoodCertification.pdf.
"A looming problem in both the Mid-Atlantic and New England is a
pending cutback in the sea scallop quota for the next fishing year
that at this point is expected to approach 40%. While the effects of
a cut of this magnitude will obviously be significant to the scallop
fleet, there will be not so obvious but potentially devastating
effects on the other fisheries and on fishing communities as well."
is a follow-up a year after the FishNet issue on
the overall state of our domestic fisheries (see http://www.fishnet-usa.com/After
35 years of NOAA.pdf).
While there has been an upsurge in the value of landings
nationally, in the Northeast (the Mid-Atlantic and New
England) there is trouble looming on the horizon. The
FishNet piece Fisheries
Management–More Than Meets The Eye is
available on the American Institute for Fisheries
Research Biologists website at
and in a pdf version at http://www.fishnet-usa.com/HowWeDoing_Prt2.pdf.
"As was so convincingly
demonstrated by the complete recovery of the swordfish stocks in spite of
continued harvesting by the longline fleet, Pew science as voiced by Pew
scientists was then far from the last word in the world of fisheries
management. That hasn’t changed. Nor has their strategy. The same hackneyed messages
of doom and gloom by the same overwrought scientists are presented as if they
represent the main stream of fisheries research."
Bluefin tuna and Pew, here we go again a Pew
campaign to reduce the catch of Western Atlantic bluefin
tuna today is contrasted with a similar Pew campaign
which was organized to "save" the North Atlantic
swordfish from the supposed depredations of the pelagic
longline fleet. Needless to say, the Pew people's dire
predictions and skewed science proved to be totally
inaccurate, the longline fleet remained in the fishery
and today the stock is fully rebuilt. But the Pew people
keep on trying. The full FishNet piece is at http://www.fishnet-usa.com/Bluefin
tuna and Pew.pdf.
what about the thirty-six percent of the fish stocks
that hasn’t rebounded? The landings for cod, yellowtail
flounder, haddock, white hake and winter flounder charted
above plainly show that fishing on these stocks can’t
be reduced much farther than it has been, but they are
still declining. Can any conclusion be drawn from this
other than that there are other sources of mortality
for thirty-six percent of the fisheries that NRDC examined
that far outweigh fishing mortality? -
fourth FishNet on the condition of the New England groundfish
fishery, the ongoing crisis, and the (non-fishing) factors
that have contributed to its creation and perpetuation
- The New England groundfish debacle (Part IV):
Is cutting back harvest really the answer? at http://fishnet-usa.com/Groundfish_Debacle_IV.pdf.