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Subject: Re: death by fishing
From: John McConnaughey <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 8 Apr 1997 09:19:39 -0700
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>> Dave Robichaud wrote:---------------
>> I keep hearing pro-fishing lobbyists saying "sure we fish 'em down
>> pretty hard, but there's never actually been a species that was fished
>> to extinction."
>>
>> >Does anyone know if this is true?  Have there been any species which
>> were actually fished to death?


Those fishing lobbyists are overlooking some major points.  Consider the
case of the California Anchovie fishery.  It was "fished down pretty hard"
right into the ground back in the 30's and 40's.  Yes, it is true that there
are still a few anchovies around, so you can't say they are extinct.  After
several decades and still no recovery I think we can concluded that the
fishery is extinct, along with several hundred jobs.  How many other
fisheries are on the threatened or endangered list?  I can think of a few.

Maybe you should tell your pro-fishing lobbyists pals that unless they wise
up that their livelyhoods may end up on the endangered list.
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