No Fish, No Cry…

Why no cry? Because the government is picking up our paycheck! To further prove the economic futility of a deep-sea fishery.

Out of AAAS in San Francisco…

Rashid Sumaila and Daniel Pauly of the University of British Columbia in Canada recently studied the subsidies paid to bottom trawl fleets around the world. They found that the fleets receive over $152 million each year and that without these funds, the deep-sea fisheries industry would operate at a $50 million annual loss.”From an ecological perspective we cannot afford to destroy the deep-sea,” says Sumaila. “From an economic perspective, deep-sea fisheries cannot occur without government subsidies. The bottom line is that current deep fisheries are not sustainable.” Pauly adds: “There is surely a better way for governments to spend money than by paying subsidies to a fleet that burns 1.1 billion litres of fuel annually to maintain paltry catches of old growth fish from highly vulnerable stocks, while destroying their habitat in the process.”

So what countries subsidize?

  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Australia
  • Ukraine
  • Faroe Islands
  • Estonia
  • Iceland
  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • France

For once the U.S. is not leading the way to destroying the globe, well at least not through destroying the deep.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.