Thursday, September 9, 2010

Here We Go Again

Fishing industry in strong opposition to marine conversation is not a new story but I wish it were. Wish we were done with this squabbling because at the end of the day, it's the habitats and the species that suffer. All over the world people are overfishing. All over the world people are fishing beyond what is sustainable. It's called the tragedy of the commons. Garrett Hardin coined it forty two years ago.

So if there is something we can do to help keep one of the Earth's last wild resources viable and healthy, shouldn't we do it? Shouldn't we keep on our collective eyes on the bigger picture?

This time it's in Australia. But even if old news, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Jean-Michel Cousteau delivers the key point succinctly:

''I am on the side of the fisherman. I want to protect them. I'm not opposed to fishing, I'm opposed to them taking more than nature can produce.''

Hopefully this is not lost on the fishing industry. That would be a tragedy.

Read the full story here.

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