Most sport fisherman can tell you of a time when they got to angle somewhere that had not yet been overfished. The abundance is astounding. The ease of catching sounds like a tall tale, but I have seen this for myself.
Commercial fishers who oppose conservation and overfishing are unbelievably stupid. If they would just let stocks recover, there would be abundance, a much bigger overall catch, but, ironically, their greed drives them to deprive themselves, year after year, of most of the productivity of the oceans. If they would just let stocks recover, fish would be much easier to catch. Fishers would not need to buy so much fuel. When these fishers permit even a tiny sanctuary for fish to breed unmolested, the abundance of the surrounding waters explodes, but they won’t even do that to help themselves. What idiocy do they insist on doing instead?
- They blame seals for the lack of fish and exterminate them too, ignoring the fact that seals cull the stocks of sick or genetically weak fish. They ignore the fact that seals helped create the astounding abundance of centuries past.
- They fight every effort at conservation, driving stocks to extinction.
- They refuse to expend any effort protecting the stocks from pollution or fish farms.
- They devise ever more environmentally destructive technology to catch fish ever faster.
- They fight, tooth and nail, the DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) who are trying to revive stocks for them.
- They poaching.
- The fall into the monkey-banana trap the philosophers call the tragedy of the commons.
Fishers are too greedy and too thick-headed to act in their own best interest. They are like gardeners who gulp down the seed packets and bleat about how unfair life is that nothing grows in their gardens. Commercial fishers complain that comedians mock them as cretins, but it is surely an accurate assessment.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)