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Subject: Re: Deep Threats for High Seas
From: Les Kaufman <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 8 Aug 2006 22:15:50 -0400

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To Mr. Wang and others,

The habitats that Dr. Earle was speaking of in her editorial "Deep  
Threats for High Seas" are constructed and inhabited by, for the most  
part, extremely slow-growing organisms about which very little is  
known.  They can not be exploited in a sustainable manner on any time  
scale of interest to human industry.   They can certainly be  
exploited, but for all intents and purposes, only once.   We  
generally refer to this as mining.  What sustainable utility there  
may be is much more likely to lie in the natural products chemistry  
of these organisms than in the mining of fish populations for food  
and its accompanying blind destruction of the coral and other  
invertebrate habitats that support them.   We are not talking here  
about animals like mahimahi or yellowfin tuna, that can theoretically  
be removed without dismembering their supporting ecosystem, and with  
reasonable expectation of their populations bouncing back.

There is no good scientific justification for deep sea trawling, and  
the arguments against it are excellent.  We should simply and  
vociferously oppose this practice, as Dr. Earle suggests.

Les Kaufman

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