Saturday, November 04, 2006

Bad News for Long John Silvers

This is the kind of news that makes me happy to be a vegetarian. I have enough stress without worrying about the fate of our oceanic life.

If current trends of overfishing and pollution continue, the populations of just about all seafood face collapse by 2048, a team of ecologists and economists warns in a report in Friday's issue of the journal Science.


While the study focused on the oceans, concerns have been expressed by ecologists about threats to fish in the Great Lakes and other lakes, rivers and freshwaters, too.


"It looks grim and the projection of the trend into the future looks even grimmer," he said. "But it's not too late to turn this around. It can be done, but it must be done soon. We need a shift from single species management to ecosystem management. It just requires a big chunk of political will to do it."

The researchers called for new marine reserves, better management to prevent overfishing and tighter controls on pollution.

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Sounds easy enough. The ecosystem management concept might be a tad too radical for our current crop of congressional jellyfish.

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