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Subject: Re: False balance in news stories about overfishing
From: 王健雄 <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:13:37 +0000

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I  agreed Miller's opinion.  
But we know that generally, the species need to adjust themselves to the  
changing climate that always be unstable thus lead the unstable population. 
Actually, “balance (or equivalent) population” is not available. 
 I just wandered what's the meaning of "false balance"? 
1. Does it mean that population is always unstable? 
2. Or it means that population always trying to adjust the changing climate? 
3. Besides, time lag is unavoidable because of the stable of climate  
condition is always unavailable. 
4. Fishery is only one of the factors that influencing the population size.  
It is mainly for exploiting the adult fish. However, Oscillation of population is  
mainly determined in the larva and pre-larva stages, not in adult stage. 
C.H. Wang    Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. 
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Hello, everyone, and happy 4th of July! 
I've written a post about "false balance" (usually associated with climate 
change coverage) in news stories covering overfishing. False balance is 
when the media gives equal coverage, and therefore the perception of equal 
validity, to both sides of a story when both sides aren't equally supported 
by facts. In this case, a quote by a commercial fishermen and lobbyist 
claiming that hammerhead populations are healthy was inaccurately portrayed 
as just as valid as the best available scientific data showing that 
populations have been severely depleted. 
I welcome your feedback, including pointing out other examples of such 
false balance. 
Thank you! 
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