Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How Did We Get Here? Don't Ask

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for applying the precautionary principle and supporting sustainable fisheries for the sake of fishermen (not to mention the fish): Northeast fisheries have been declared an economic disaster. 

This releases funds that will hopefully help but it's not quite clear where the money will go.

"If funds are appropriated, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would work with federal lawmakers and state officials to develop plans to preserve coastal communities from Maine to New York," according to MSNBC.

Also, three regions in Alaska were declared disasters.

"The numbers indicate a sudden, stunning decline in recent years, about which scientists have not settled on an explanation. On the Yukon, for example, 1,488 pounds of salmon were harvested in 2011, down from more than 859,000 pounds in 2006, a state study found," according to NYT and the Alaska Dispatch

Not exactly happy news! 

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