Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Breaking - menhaden catch reduction APPROVED

A beautiful thing for an unbeautiful fish - a school of menhaden:

Unbelievable! Flying in the face of corporate pressure (in this day of business uber alles), the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has approved a substantial reduction in the East Coast menhaden harvest.

And can I say -- it's about D*MN time. The state of Virginia and Omega Proteins, of course, did not approve. And seriously, I don't get that -- a significant increase in menhaden stocks would be good, if not great, for Omega Proteins. And it would also be good for fish, and fisheries, and farmed fish, etc. etc. etc. I just do not understand the mentality of commercial fishing operations that keep trying to fish out a stock until it is commercially unviable to do so, at which time the stock is in serious danger of crashing, if it hasn't already crashed.

Well, anyway, this is good news, provided the catch reductions actually catch on. Ha. I mean, get implemented and work. But the good news is: catch reductions, when imposed and followed, DO work. The recovery of the swordfish stock in the northwestern Atlantic demonstrated this.

Panel Votes to Reduce a Forage Fish Catch

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