Pew laboring overtime on Tuna, in the Biblical sense.
Fish News EU reports another missive from Pew (see copy and link below). And it’s a Beaut…so full of feeling.
“THREE days after a single Pacific bluefin tuna fetched $1.76 million at auction in Tokyo, scientists have revealed their population has dropped 96.4 per cent from unfished levels, due to decades of overfishing.”
Notice how Pew cites the generic “scientists”, never mentioning exactly who these “scientists” are, or for whom they are working or receiving grants from, or who funded this particular scientific revelation. As if with the word scientist, the reader should pause a moment in awe and wonderment and take every word that follows as gospel—no need to inquire any further. If the Pewian scientists have revealed unto us…Behold, and we shall then believe.
A 96.4% drop from unfished levels? Now that’s a pretty specific number from the scientists; and at the risk of blasphemy, who was doing the stock surveys when the fish were “unfished” in order to determine the reference points for the “unfished levels”, that is, before “the decades of overfishing” dropped them to 3.6%?
Unfished levels? They must have discovered some ancient papyrus stock assessments, the ancient Polynesians, Egyptians, Phoenicians (who apparently trap fished Tuna 2000B.C.http://www.fao.
This latest Pew piece on Tuna is almost as good as Daniel Pauly’s (Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, the recipient of over $17.7million in Pew grants) claiming how a Stone Age tribe in Africa fished a giant catfish into extinction some 90,000 years ago—which he contends (I had hoped for his sake, metaphorically—but I fear not) started the downward slide that the fisheries have been experiencing ever since. How many other giant catfish-like species have been extinguished in the last 90,000 years or so? We’ll never know, now all we have to go by are giant catfishish empty spaces swimming around, mere shadows of their former selves—due to overfishing.
“Daniel Pauly, the director of the Fisheries Center at the University of British Columbia and a noted expert on global fishing trends, cites the example of the earliest anglers, Stone Age peoples in Africa who eradicated a six-foot-long catfish 90,000 years ago and then moved on to another animal. ‘This pattern,’ Pauly says, of fishermen ‘exterminating the population upon which they originally relied, and then moving on to other species, has continued ever since.’” (The Catch, P. Greenberg, NY Times, 10/23/05) http://www.fishnet-usa.com/
Pauly is also author of the now famous postulate that by 2048 fishing will have been reduced to chasing jellyfish http://www.fishtruth.net/
This most recent Pew decree on Tuna sounds an awful lot like these earlier cartoonish pronouncements by Pauly and Worm—but, might as well recycle, after all, these “scientists’ Revelations” don’t come cheap! http://fishtruth.net/Pew%
From Fish News EU:
|Bluefin feel the pinch|
|Wednesday, 09 January 2013 10:09|
The trouble and the true tragedy involved in all of this fish “conservation” buffoonery from Pew, EDF, CLF, Oceana, and NOAA doing the bidding of their corporate overlords is that any intelligent and realistic protection that these animals actually need is ignored.
The question then for the Pew Tuna Conservation Stalwarts is: What have you done to call out the major oil companies regarding their reckless decimation of the western Gulf of Mexico Tuna spawning grounds, and to prevent such atrocities happening again and again in the future?
What, in fact, have you done to protect the entire Outer Continental Shelf’s Tuna and all other fish and shellfish and marine animal’s habitat from the impending industrialization by the oil/gas/wind/minerals mega-corporation shysters?