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Subject: Re: Deep Threats for High Seas
From: Michael Elvin <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 9 Aug 2006 10:43:17 EDT
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I'm not a professional, and I'm certainly willing to be educated. But isn't 
it generally accepted that a single pass removes an average of twenty percent 
of benthic life in the track? And that in areas repeatedly being trawled, up to 
ninety percent is removed? This would seem to me to be a terrible price to 
pay in bycatch. After all, such bycatch does provide food for target aniimals.

I may have put the argument too offensively for your taste. But what I was 
attempting to convey was that it might be useful to first study these 
environments before we chew them up.

Why must these fisheries run the risk of collapse first, before anyone takes 
the issue seriously enough to put a hold on trawling until we know a bit more 
about what's going on there? Once we have determined what sort of methods are 
sustainable, then we can have the rest of time to farm these unique marine 
environments.

Sorry about the "junk" and "garbage". I must have struck a nerve.

M. Elvin

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