Food for Thought: fishing

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Tragedy of the Commons is a phrase I learned recently that puts a name to this sort of problem. Unfortunately, there's not a handy answer that goes with the handy name.
 

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simple is right. It always seems to be about the $$$. If one fish species is brought to economic extinction, the trawling very soon focuses on the next and often important keystone species.
We would be seeing lots more of lowering down of quotas (as was done for Orange roughy last year).
Although efforts are being put into modifying drift nets and long lines so as to reduce by-catch, I still feel we are going to lose many more species even before we get the chance to study them. These species could be missing links to so many unsolved questions that we ponder about.
Tragedy of the deep commons is more like it.
 

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simple;105852 said:
... I'm still trying to figure out what fisherman can give back to the sea that would make up for what they have taken...
Their soul would be a good start!:cthulhu:
 

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Cephalopodia;105829 said:
And that's why we have a Quota Management System in place which involves setting a catch limit on different species.
Of course I'm not that fond of the QMS. It is the effort that is doing the damage to the seabed (and water column) community. Perhaps restrictions should be placed on effort, rather than catch, because with dwindling catch rates effort increases .... as does any effect on the environment.

Example: no more than 10 seabed trawls in area 'x' each calendar year, regardless of catch. (The reality is that it should be no more than 10 trawls in area 'x' each 1000 years .... )

There's a major distinction between economic and ecological sustainability; the QMS is more about economic sustainablilty.
 

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