School Talkabout on Over Fishing

The chances of winning in a global campaign to halt the following are slim:
  • over fishing,
  • by-catch fishing
  • dynamite fishing,
  • foreign factory ship landings,
  • illegal fishing,
  • cyanide fishing,
  • bottom trawling
  • and the dumping of low value catch in favour of a higher value catch.

Some laws will be written to be broken by law breakers.
Some fines will be handed out and some fishing equipment seized.

In the big picture,  whilst bellies are being fed, money is being made and taxes are being collected –  we’ll continue dancing to the beat of this bad drum until we drop ourselves into deep water.

“Will we swim?”

In some ungainly doggy fashion we’ll patch together an ever poorer quality existence until we are all fighting over the last krill burger which will contain more micro-plastic particles than protein. But HEY! – the serving suggestion on the packaging will look delicious.

“Will there always be plenty more fish in the sea?”

When I delivered our first World of Water Talkabouts  I was a member of the Institute of Fisheries Management and my studies had included trimming for pike with an empty bottle, lift, lave, dip and haaf netting and babbing or clotting for eels. I had been sea fishing, visited fishing weirs, seen putcher fishers at work and was conducting research into aquaculture, including algae, oysters, clam, salmon, trout and carp farming.

Freshwater fish appeared to have a sporting chance of escape, even from poacher nets which were hastily erected across rivers after most water baliffs were fast asleep and removed before their dawn patrol. At this time, marine fish stocks were already being attacked by technical and industrial fishing methods, so it was clear that the sea was never going to be a safe haven for fish family life again.

“What’s the future?”

A mix of Global Fisheries Management, Aquaponics and World diet changes.  In the long term, we may reach peak people population and peak food production. When that hits us, we may need to move planet but whilst we study terraforming this planet needs to hold in good health all the life we’ll need to replicate any new home.

We may have five billion years before the Sun stops shining but as we may need all that time to work out how to terraform, then we have to keep this Earth a ‘home SWEET home’ and not trash it.

The next generation needs to look to the future urgently.

World of Water does all it can to make today healthier for tomorrow. We need everyone to help in this global need – and that’s the message flowing through all or School Talkabouts.