Ecological disaster, IMHO

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Posted by Ken Kurtis on December 23, 2005 at 14:37:13:

In Reply to: Abalone Fishery Off Southland May Reopen posted by Jon on December 23, 2005 at 14:04:56:

Even the fishermen acknowledge that they over-fished the resource. But this time, they'll do better??????

I especially love that the Commision chair basically dismisses any scientific input. "At the December meeting, he reiterated his dim view of marine science, saying he would accept the word of fishermen who make their livelihood from the sea 'over all of the science in the world.' "

Couple that with this statement in thre article from one of the guys lobbying for the reopening: "The plan of Fish and Game managers 'is to wait 30 years and then reopen the fishery,' Marshall said. 'We don't want to wait. We are going to slow the recovery' of abalone populations 'by fishing a little bit. We are not going to stop recovery.' "

"We don't want to wait." Well . . . okay then, sorry to make you wait this long.

The amazing/sad thing about all of this is that every time I've been a to a hearing or a meeting when we discussed MPAs, the decimation of the abalone has frequenrly been used as the prime example of what how easy it is to screw this whole delicate balance up through human intervention.

As one guy said at a hearing in Sacramenton, "We fish a speciies until it collapses and then move on to something else." Scary attitude. Maybe not indicative of everyone but destructive nonetheless.

What a lovely Christmas present this is.

Ken Kurtis
NAUI Instr. #5936
Co-owner, Reef Seekers Dive Co.
Beverly Hills, CA

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