View Full Version : How Quotas Have Backfired

07-14-2011, 11:53 AM
Bycatch 22
As a twisted consequence of overfishing regulations, commercial fishermen have no choice but to catch sea bass, flounder, monkfish, and tuna—and throw them dead back into the sea.

Good article in New York Magazine



07-15-2011, 04:02 AM
That's an interesting and very biased article about commercial fishermen. It gives little or no credit to the NMFS and regional management councils for their efforts to reduce by-catch and absolutely no credit to the commercial fishermen who know their target species and when and where to place their nets to take them with only little by-catch. Good fishermen do not just go out "someplace" and drop and drag their nets. 30 years ago it was the foreign fleets who overfished our waters. Today, it's the indiscriminate fishermen especially the huge pair-trawlers who are ruining the fishing for the fellow fishermen.

NOAA has recently released its' annual Status of US Fisheries report to Congress. It shows that as of December 2010, 84 percent of US stocks (213 of 253) are not currently being overfished. That is a marked improvement of the status ten, five or even three years ago. For those stocks that are being overfished; management plans are in force to improve them within 10 years(of the time initially set.

07-15-2011, 10:11 AM
If these coms are still in the game in 2011 and the economic times we all find ourselves in, regardless of business (less oil), I highly doubt they just go out there and "drop their net somewhere".
Time is money for these guys, sometimes in a very short window. Your other points are good ones though.