I happened upon this Associated Press article that popped out of Boston the other day and I didn’t realize that I was in for quite a laugh. So the writer goes on to describe a series of natural and regulatory circumstances that had created a situation by which fish stocks were being underfished (oh the overfishing irony!), and how, as an example, haddock numbers were booming because an area had been closed to U.S. fishermen. Wow, sounds like a great conservation plan and one that had been properly implemented, right? My thoughts exactly! But intertwined amongst the words were two ecological gems that I just had to share with all you ocean aficionados and conservationists. I hope you appreciate the perspective as it is actually quite sad and telling…
Steve Ouellette, a fisheries attorney in Gloucester, talking about underfishing:
“I think it’s just a tragedy.”
“Hundreds of millions of dollars of fish are being wasted.”
Yep, allowing healthy fish to remain in our oceans, contribute to biodiversity, balance ecosystems, and simply exist unexploited are such catastrophes and a waste of life. Somehow I doubt that underfishing will become my new mantra.