A Big Problem: Shortage Of Fish



Five years ago, due to the shortage of cod and other fish, 5,000 square miles off the banks of New England were closed off to fishermen. Among the water deemed off-limits, were some of the well-known waters of the Georges Bank. This water has been used by fishermen for four centuries and since closed has regenerated much fish growth. Of those fish, there seem to be an overabundance of scallops, the second most valuable seafood of New England. Because of this overabundance, fishing regulators are now looking into allowing fishermen back into the closed waters. The scallop industry is forcefully pursuing these regulators through political pressure. They have hired a well-known ...

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fishermen to catch the scallops not only do just that, but they also pick up everything else in their path. This has an impact on all marine life, particularly species such as sponges and barndoor skate which were almost forced to extinction because fishermen can't control what is being caught in the nets. The final concern is that reopening the waters that have been closed would set a bad example, by showing those involved that political pressure will prevail.
On the other end of the spectrum, are those fishermen who rely on the profit made from their job. And since there are already about 200 more boats than experts estimate are really needed, this loss of water has a big impact. They argue that their economic future as well as the future of their families, depend on these waters being reopened. They claim that although it may look like things are fine, it is actually the creditors who are allowing them to keep things intact, under the pretense that better times will ...

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