Fishing is dead, long live fishing

Article de Steven L. Rebuck, publié le 30 avril 2011. Il redessine lui aussi l'histoire américaine des mouvements conservationnistes sur les océans, et notamment de la campagne "American Oceans Campaign".

Il décrit ici la partie de mise en oeuvre après la réforme américaine des pêches, c'est-à-dire après 2009. Et la mise en oeuvre des Sustainables Fisheries trusts qui ont permis la mise sous contrôle des organisations de pêche en couplant Droits de pêche privatisés, spéculation des petits pêcheurs aidés par les ONG et aménagement spatial régionalisé.

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Fishing is Dead. Long Live Fishing!
A Primer on the Evolving Fisheries and Rhetoric
. By Steven L. Rebuck
DRAFT:April 30,2011

This primer is written as an article, not a research paper. However, I have included footnote for some of the more important information. It is important that the reader realize that these issues are real and are happening at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, this information is not being reported by the mainstream media. One would think that so many new concepts in fisheries management and over ½ billion dollars invested would get the attention of the mainstream media. Much of this change is happening with the majority of fishermen sitting on the sidelines. Often, they are not even at the table where these changes are taking place.

Some may think: Isn’t this wonderful. The wealthy ENGOs are “sharing” their largess with the fishing community. Not in my opinion. First, for the most part, these organizations have spent decades disparaging the commercial and recreational community. Second, most of the time, far to few fishermen are present at the table and sometimes, not at all. Third, financial institution are forming to buy up and control the new quota share systems, taking fishing(small business) away from the fishermen. We all have our pecialties in life. Fishermen catch fish. Bureaucrats, financial advisors, environmentalists do not. Too much of what is going on will add significant cost and over burden those who catch fish and provide food.

Environmental rhetoric the past several years has it that the ocean is dying and fisheries in the United States are collapsing. So why then would Environmental Non -­ Government Organizations (ENGOs) be spending hundreds of millions of dollars investing in and buying up commercial fisheries? Could it be that fisheries really are not in the dire situation that we have been led to believe by the popular press.

This idea that the oceans are dying was promoted by actor Ted Danson 20 years ago who used his “American Oceans Campaign” to tell us, “... the oceans will die in 10 years.” Considering the robust populations of to predator marine mammals now supported by our oceans, Danson’s claims has become laughable. Yet, actors, politicians and other non-­experts continue this alarmist refrain.

Danson is still at it, but now with Oceana, an organization which has recently received $40,000,000. from the Pew Charitable Trusts and produced an anti-­fishing documentary, “End of the Line.” This film was introduced at the Sundance Film Festival, later shown in hundreds of US and UK theaters and later on television -1-/.

Prior to this, another film, using some of the same footage, “Empty Oceans -­‐Empty Nets” was put out on PBS sponsored by food conglomerate Unilever, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Whole Foods Market, George T Pfleger Foundation, The Gaia Fund, The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation and MCBT (Marine Conservation Biology Institute.