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September 21, 2009

THE COST OF LONG LINE FISHING

Delmarva Now - Data recently released by the National Marine Fisheries Service indicates that during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, the U.S. pelagic long-line fleets destroyed or threw away incidental by-catch including 11,823 swordfish, 1,345 blue fin tuna, 34,611 sharks, 611 blue marlin, 744 white marlin, 321 sailfish and 300 turtles. This long-lining (fleets stretch nearly 40 miles of gaffed line through the water) is also taking place in the Gulf of Mexico, during the prime spawning season of the mature Bluefin tuna. . . The mature bluefin population. . . has been reduced by more than 80 percent since 1970. . . Bluefin tuna are one of the most highly evolved fish species; they can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and can swim at speeds over 20 knots,

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will either come to terms with limits to growth or we will kill ourselves off. Is it not obvious that we in the US need a paradigm shift in values and objectives? If we continue to make increased consumption (of everything) the primary objective of life, we are doomed.

September 22, 2009 12:52 PM  

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