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Subject: Re: Deep Threats for High Seas
From: sterling <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 8 Aug 2006 21:08:18 -0500
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Dr. Kaufman, if so little is known about the "ESGOs" why is there 
either "no scientific justification for [ignoring their survival by] deep 
sea trawling," or [why] "are the arguments against ...[deep sea 
trawling].. excellent"? 

Is that not like saying "because we do not know how tall the building is, 
we must build skyscrapers to measure it and we must prevent airplanes 
from flying until we do?  

Or am I missing something?

sterling



On Tue, 8 Aug 2006, Les Kaufman wrote:

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> To Mr. Wang and others,
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> 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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