Steve Urbon: Oceana pitches flawed fishing report undeterred

The environmental group Oceana seeks to impress us this week with Part 2 of a report on fishing bycatch, those fish that are brought up incidentally while fishermen target another species. “Wasted Cash,” the follow-up to “Wasted Catch,” says that fishermen are throwing $1 billion worth of fish away each year, over the side instead of going to auction. Read more here  08:50

  • DickyG

    If fishermen can’t get away from catching so many of these forbidden fish, wouldn’t it be obvious to an “objective” observer, that if the forbidden fish are so abundant, this might some indication that the regulations restricting the landing of these abundant species are unrealistic!

    Marketable species “by-catch” is a function of ill-advised, unfounded, outdated, and therefore, disproportionate landing restrictions on healthy species.

    Oceana is primarily interested in donation plowing while and doing the bidding of their founding donors Follow the money:
    Oceana was established in 2001 by a group of leading foundations — The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation (formerly Homeland Foundation), and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

    Pew Foundation, as most people interested in ocean politics now know, is the Joseph N. Pew (Sunoco Oil) fortune, with holdings in Exxon Mobil and other major oil companies.

    Oak Foundation was started by Alan M. Parker the current President of Government Group of ENERGYSOLUTIONS, INC a natural gas consulting firm.

    Marisla Foundation is the Getty Oil fortune.

    The Rockefeller Bros. Foundation: Rockefeller? Standard Oil and Exxon Mobil should ring a bell.

    Well what a coincidence here we are again in the middle of an oil field.

    • Joel Hovanesian

      Regulatory discard. Time to discard some of the regulators who promote this shameful practice. The regulatory process is broken.
      Those who promote regulations that lead to this nonsense should get their head out of the sand.