That sky keeps on falling. Apparently the anti-fishing foundation funding doesn’t follow suit.

Nils Stolpe FishNet-USA – “New research shows that industrial fisheries are responsible for dumping nearly 10 million tons of perfectly good fish back into the ocean each year—enough to fill 4,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This news comes at a time when nearly 90 percent of the world’s fish stocks are threatened by overfishing.” (click here) This is from the latest bit of “fishing is ruining the oceans” alarmism, this time in a paper published in Fish and fisheries reporting on research funded by the Pew connected Sea Around Us. Sounds kind of awful, doesn’t it? Thousands of “Olympic-sized” swimming pools filled to the brim with dead and dying fish and shellfish, totally wasted and evidently rotting in the sun. But as is so often the case, with a little bit of perspective the truth isn’t anywhere nearly as catastrophic as the anti-fishing claque would have you believe. click here to read the story 09:46

  • DickyG

    Yes, Thanks Nils. Not only are the actual amount of discards truly insignificant relative to the vastness of the ocean and its creatures, “discards” are also the “backbone” of the fund raising quest by the eco-NGOs to implement the privatization scheme of “catch shares” and the Orwellian “at-sea” Monitors and Observers in order to curb the scourge of such wanton waste at the hands of “greedy and uncaring” fishermen. And anyway, discards are a product of:
    Unreasonable/unfounded/disproportionate regulations x Abundant Stocks = Discards (and in the case of the multi-species groundfish “choke species” dilemma—not fishing at all).

  • DickyG

    Yes, Thanks Nils. Not only is the amount of discards truly insignificant relative to the vastness of the ocean and its creatures, “preventing discards” has also been the “backbone” of the fund raising strategy by the eco-NGOs to implement the privatization scheme of “catch shares” and the Orwellian “at-sea” Monitors and Observers programs in order to curb the scourge of such wanton waste at the hands of “greedy and uncaring” fishermen. When actually, fishermen often spend mor…e time and fuel avoiding fish that they are not “allowed” to land, than they do trying to find the fish that are “management sanctioned” to land and sell.

    Discards are a function of:
    Unreasonable/unfounded/disproportionate regulations x Abundant Stocks = Discards (and in the case of the multi-species groundfish fishery’s “choke species” dilemma of being forced to buy scarce and expensive allocations to pay for discards—the result is often not fishing at all).