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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:02 AM
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Mediterranean fish threatened with extinction
Source: Al Jazeera

More than 40 species of fish native to the Mediterranean are being threatened with extinction due to overfishing and illegal nets, a report has warned.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a Geneva-based environmental network, said species prized by chefs such as bluefin tuna, seabass, dusky grouper and hake, are now endangered.

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The report, released on Tuesday, said 43 species found in waters between southern Europe and northern Africa could disappear in the next few years unless governments acted to enforce regulations, reduce fishing quotas and create marine reserves.

It said bluefin tuna had seen around a 50 per cent drop in reproduction capacity over the past 40 years, and that many national and European Union quotas for the fish were being ignored.

Read more: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/04/201141...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:26 AM
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1. Recommend
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:54 AM
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2. Same thing is happening to the Atlantic cod.
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:03 PM
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3. These species have been endangered for years. They're just getting around to
making it official.

The international fishing fleets operate with impunity in many areas, bribing officials, and dodging the few enforcement officials who are trying to slow down the extinction of these fish.

Too many humans with too much technology.

Very sad and scary.

REC.

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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 01:03 AM
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9. Oh the researchers have been making it official for a long time now.
In their official recomendations to the committees which set the quotas.

And every year the committees ignored those reccomendations and following the politically expedient path, went with the ones requested by the fishing industry.

And then the proper authorities refused to even enforce those limits properly.

Looks a bit like a reprisal of the Oil industry, Coal, etc.
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 09:47 AM
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10. Yes, BUSINESS AS USUAL. Here in North Carolina, our fisheries biologists and state
fisheries managers have sent recommendation after recommendation to put quotas or 'no catch' orders on various fish species, but they are always overruled by the politically-appointed members of the Commission because those members are mostly affiliated with or directly tied to the commercial fishing interests who want NO REGULATION of our fisheries.

Same old, same old.

Sad to say.



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FLPanhandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:41 PM
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4. All commercial fish will be extinct in 50 years
Too many people; too much overfishing.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 04:01 PM
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8. I agree.
nt
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:47 PM
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5. kr important stuff!
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harmonicon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 01:13 PM
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6. but the people pushing the demand are never at fault...
bring this up to a seafood eater, and they'll swear up and down all day that it's not they who are responsible.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 03:47 PM
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7. Tragedy of the commons.
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