03 March 2009

Why so coy?

Overfishing, which affects 19 percent of major commercial fish stocks monitored by the FAO [the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization], was being facilitated by a higher number of trawlers in operation and increasingly effective technology, it said. Grist, 2 March
The United Nations report to which this press release refers is due out next week. I hope it mentions the grievous role that UN member governments have played in subsidising overfishing. Many of the subsidies to the industry, estimated to be worth around $30 billion annually, take the form of reduced-cost fuel, or cheaper high-technology that does much to contribute to the destruction of the world's fisheries.

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