26. Jan, 2016

The health of our Oceans (2)

In Europe the Total Allowable Catches (TAC) or catch  limits are set for most commercial fish stocks.  In other countries  like the US and  the Caribbean commercial catch of large vessels are  also monitored. But a recent  study by the University of British Columbia near Vancouver found that the global catch between 1950 and 2010 was 30 per cent higher than what countries have been reporting to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome since 1950.

Even  more problematical  are  smaller boats of people who  fish for their  families,  or  sport anglers. Many  Americans set of  in small aircrafts from Florida’s East coast  or in their fast private boats to  catch  deep-sea fish like marlins, tunas and mahi-mahi in the Bahamas, in the tradition of Ernest Hemingway.  See for example: https://www.facebook.com/Bimini-Big-Game-Club-155523174484632/?pnref=story. Their catch  is often taken back in smal freezing containers after been frozen in the the  marine resorts.   It was already known that their  catch  was sometimes  greater  than reported to the authorities, but not to what extent. But nobody really cared because it was assumed that the abundancy of fish in the Carribean would  never endanger or lead to depletion of the various  species. But  researcher Nicola Smith a Bahamian  recently  reported that  their  catch was even bigger than the commercial catch, and that none of it was reported to the FAO.  “It’s astounding,’, she says “ that a country that depends on tourism for more than half of its GDP has no clue as to the extent of the catch that plays a central role in attracting tourists.” Even the director of marine resources was surprised when he got the news.

Read more: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/study-finds-fish-stocks-in-caribbean-declining-even-faster-urgent-reversal-needed#ixzz3y9J4hkIa