Conservation Kills: The Power of Choice

Ocean fm (Ireland) reports that…

Fishermen’s lives are being put at risk because of the strict rules that apply to when they can fish in Irish waters. That’s according to the Chairman of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Martin Howley. He said that better quota management by the Marine Department would mean that fishermen would not have to take risks such as going out in stormy weather. And he has branded MEP Sean O’Neachtain’s calls yesterday for a phasing out of deep-sea fishing because of the dangers a ‘knee-jerk reaction’.

I am too dumbfounded to respond…but I will. At least in the U.S., quota management is always met with opposition from the fishing industry. There is no reason to believe Ireland is any different. My favorite tactic is the fish-are-doing-fine-we-don’t-need-a-quota. So who else is to blame but themselves? They choose to oppose quotas and now they choose to fish in when they do. They should really find a better tactic like the Economic Depression Arguement.

What is your choice? We said it at DSN before and will say it again. You, the consumer, have the power. I am not asking people to give up fish but to make more appropriate decisions. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a great list of better seafood choices. You can print it out and keep it in your wallet for the supermarket or dining out.

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.