Earlier this month the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which essentially decides the fate of the striped bass population along the coast in terms of cull numbers, voted to increase the commercial catch quota.
People had some strong opinions about it:
Years ago I wrote that Flyfishing guides like me may have a unique perspective on the striped bass fishery because of time-on-the-water and the inherent difficulty in the method. Thus, we are perhaps the first to see what could be the beginning of a very serious problem.”
This stock has problems mounting on all fronts, and managers seem content to wring everything they can from it before the party ends,” said Richen Brame, CCA’s Atlantic Fisheries director.
The difference now is that there are signs of problems with striped bass again. Officials at the Atlantic States Commission say stripers are still abundant and are not being overfished. But data highlight a troubling trend: Young fish are getting harder to find in Chesapeake Bay.”
But Americans can exhibit a real talent for driving a good thing into the ground.”
Below is an interesting NPR podcast with Richard Ellis, author of Tuna: A Love Story.
NPR PODCAST: Can the bluefin tuna be saved?
Quote: “The tuna is better at what it does than what MIT could possibly create.”
(Thanks to NH Mike for the heads up.)
The people in charge of protecting it seem to doing their best to drive bluefin to extinction.
Read this article by noted marine biologist Carl Safina on Yale e360.
A 43-nation commission has public-trust management authority and a mandate to conserve. But the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas has for its 40-year history merely acted as the fishing industry’s official, tax-funded conglomerate. Think of it as the International Conspiracy to Catch All the Tuna, and its record starts making sense.