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In a somewhat tortured analogy Mr. Shelley equates the
overharvest in Area 1B to “driving 104 mph in a 65 mph speed zone.”
From the perspective of the two areas where Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine
stocks of Atlantic herring mix, 1B and 2, and using the same analogy, the
under-harvest in the two areas combined would be the equivalent of driving 32
mph in a 65 mph speed zone. That’s hardly the potentially catastrophic picture
that he was trying to paint. (I’ve always felt that relevant data should be
presented in as comprehensive a manner as is possible. While it might not seem as
dramatic, it allows readers to more fully and accurately understand what’s
really going on out there.)
a blog the Conservation Law Foundation's Peter Shelley
characterized the people involved in New England's Atlantic
herring fishery as "pathological" because
of the fact that they exceeded their quota in one area
in spite of them not being in any way, shape or form
responsible for closing the fishery down when the quota
is exceeded. In Atlantic herring - lots of smoke but where’s the fire?
blog is put into the proper perspective. Read it at
reality commercial fishermen and the people in every other business in the
seafood supply chain are dedicated to producing the best possible product at
the lowest possible price, as are any business owners engaged in producing
products in a free market system. If they weren’t they wouldn’t be in business
for very long, because there is a world’s worth of alternative center of the
plate proteins competing for the US consumers’ dollars. On the other hand
recreational fishermen aren’t buying fish when they go fishing, they are buying
a recreational fishing experience, and the more pleasurable that experience is
the more they are likely to spend. Within limits this isn’t determined by the
amount of fish caught. Recreational fishermen aren’t driven by anything
approaching the bottom-line constraints that commercial fishermen and others in
the seafood supply chain face."
American Sportfishing Association has a video on YouTube
in which it's Executive Director claims that recreationally
caught fish are more valuable to the economy than commercially
caught fish. In Of
gumballs, the American Sportfishing Association and
fisheries management we
present an alternative view. Read it at http://www.fishnet-usa.com/Gumballs.pdf.
"All things being equal, this could just be passed off as
business – and government ineptitude - as usual. However, when tens of millions
of dollars in donations by mega-foundations with “marine conservation” agendas
that are looked at skeptically by so many in the fishing industry are thrown
into the mix, should this be considered as just more business as usual or does
it warrant a much closer look?"
examination of several recent initiatives to have fish
and seafood suppliers in the United States provide sustainability
certification to the products that they provide abd
some not-so-obvious connections between and among the
involved organizations, Seafood certification
- who's really on first? is available at http://www.fishnet-usa.com/SeafoodCertification.pdf.
"A looming problem in both the Mid-Atlantic and New England is a
pending cutback in the sea scallop quota for the next fishing year
that at this point is expected to approach 40%. While the effects of
a cut of this magnitude will obviously be significant to the scallop
fleet, there will be not so obvious but potentially devastating
effects on the other fisheries and on fishing communities as well."
is a follow-up a year after the FishNet issue on
the overall state of our domestic fisheries (see http://www.fishnet-usa.com/After
35 years of NOAA.pdf).
While there has been an upsurge in the value of landings
nationally, in the Northeast (the Mid-Atlantic and New
England) there is trouble looming on the horizon. The
FishNet piece Fisheries
Management–More Than Meets The Eye is
available on the American Institute for Fisheries
Research Biologists website at
and in a pdf version at http://www.fishnet-usa.com/HowWeDoing_Prt2.pdf.