Protection For Deep-Sea Fish

On one hand you have the The Conservation Law Foundation asking the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
to list the Atlantic wolffish under the
Endangered Species Act.

On the other, EU”s fisheries chief is recommending quota cuts for deep-sea fish, to be debated by EU
fisheries ministers in November, the European Commission wants the 2009
reductions to range up to 50 percent, followed by cuts that extend up to 100
percent in 2010. However, I second the sentiments of Ricardo Aguilar, Ocean’s Director of Research.

Reducing a quota for extremely vulnerable and depleted fish stocks is
not sufficient. For years, scientists have advised to stop these
fisheries completely – and this is the only adequate measure for these
threatened species. These fisheries must have zero catches immediately
for 2009…Oceana is concerned at the proposal’s lack of accordance with the
scientific advice provided for these species. For example, the TAC [Total Allowable Catch]
recommended for orange roughy has been delayed for one year and the
minimum landing size for red seabream has not been increased. The
organisation highlights the fact that TAC reductions proposed for the
remainder of these species and areas are not enough to stop the decline
of these fish stocks.

Will these efforts be too little too late?

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 (http://deepseanews.com/), 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.


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