Global Fisheries Need Help…Now

Ok, I had to do something to offset the abysmal statistics and suppositions re the health of our world wide ocean fisheries. Plus, it is about time for my quarterly attempt at matching Moldy Chum’s or The Shooting Head’s Provocateur Factor.

Andrew Purvis provides a lengthy and I must say balanced presentation of assessments re the state of the varied ocean fisheries and what other nations or alliances are doing to rebuild certain fisheries or forestall total decimation.

“Worse still, after stripping our own seas bare, we have “exported fishing capacity to the waters of developing countries”, Professor Roberts warns. Off Mauritania, Senegal and other West African countries, fleets from the rich industrial north are “fishing in a totally unsustainable way with minimal oversight by European countries”. In return for plundering the oceans, which deprives local people of food, and artisanal fishermen of their livelihood, these vessels pay minimal fees that impoverished countries are happy to accept. “It is a mining operation,” Professor Roberts says, “a rerun of the exploitation of terrestrial wealth that happened in colonial days. This is colonialism in a new guise, albeit with a respectable cloak in the form of access agreements.”  (Andrew Purvis @ The Observer)

7 Responses to “Global Fisheries Need Help…Now”

  1. 1 SwittersB
    January 12, 2011 at 14:53

    Lizzie just needs to wet a line more often!


  2. 2 Lizzie
    January 11, 2011 at 01:42

    So this is what the woman FF who visits your blog must contend with? How uncomfortable for us.



    • 3 SwittersB
      January 11, 2011 at 07:19

      Ms. Lizzie,

      Such is the case. Sorry to lose you, if it truly offends. I succumb to a quarterly, perhaps moon phase induced, testosterone depleted, some say disgusting, entry into the dark side of sexy, beautiful women. Set your calendar and turn away. Otherwise, relax and you should not suffer a mental jolt until say April or so. No apologies. Been there. Done that. Not worth my mental time and energy to fuss about it….nor yours.



  3. January 10, 2011 at 14:06

    Very nice! Why do I suddenly want to take a trip to South Africa?


  4. 6 Prince of Ties
    January 9, 2011 at 15:29

    S*** Better not let Sarah Rachel see this…haha. Now let’s go explore the world. I am really into higher education.


  5. 7 Mike
    January 8, 2011 at 21:14

    It is a great, big, beautiful world!!! Oh, the piece about dwindling fisheries is sobering. So, I will have a drink and look at the world map.


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