babble home
rabble.ca - news for the rest of us
today's active topics


Post New Topic  Post A Reply
FAQ | Forum Home
  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» babble   » rabble content   » rabble news features   » Reining in the seiners

Email this thread to someone!    
Author Topic: Reining in the seiners
Sharon
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 4090

posted 12 November 2003 11:27 AM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
For those behind the corporate fishery are of the same mindset as those who would clearcut the forests and rape the land in search of quick and easy profits, often for shareholders living hundreds and thousands of miles away from the scene of their depredations, catch whatever there is to be caught as quickly and efficiently as possible, and then move on to the next place, until there is no next place to move to.

Full story


From: Halifax, Nova Scotia | Registered: May 2003  |  IP: Logged
babbler/dabbler
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 4633

posted 12 November 2003 03:37 PM      Profile for babbler/dabbler        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What can we do to support the local fishermen?
From: Nova Scotia | Registered: Nov 2003  |  IP: Logged
arborman
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 4372

posted 12 November 2003 04:31 PM      Profile for arborman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
1. Place a maximum limit on how much quota/ how many licenses can be owned by one person or company
2. Implement specific regulations about what percentage of catch is allocated to crew on fish boats, with some flexibility for size of boat etc.
3. Control fish harvesting to ENSURE there will be fish 30 and 100 years from now. Do not plan from one year to the next. This should not be a revolutionary concept, but it is not being practiced even now. If that means closing some fisheries then that's what it means.
4. Tie fish licenses to local fish processors. Continue moratorium on foreign ownership of fish licenses.
5. Increase research spending by 500% to get a grip on what is going on out there. We really have no idea (and don't let anyone say differently, I worked in that field for years).
6. Drastically limit or eliminate fisheries styles that are destructive. This means seining, trawling and driftnetting in many areas.
7. Be willing to pay more for seafood. Global demand has combined with technology to make massive slaughter and devastation of the ocean a very profitable enterprise, at least in the short term. Now, many of those massive ships, locally and internationally, are zeroing in on the few remaining fish in the sea in order to keep their profit margins high. They will not stop until all the fish are gone, or at least so sparse as to be unprofitable to harvest with massive factory ships.
8. Buy direct from fishers or fishplants when possible.
9. Eliminate or revise the Individual vessel quota system that puts the profits in the hands of a few rich non-active fishermen (this is particularly the case on the West Coast, I could list their names, as well as the name of at least one DFO officer who essentially handed much of the West Coast to them on a platter and then started working for them as a high paid consultant).
10. Oh, and ditch free trade before someone challenges the restriction on foreign ownership of Canadian commercial fishing licenses, or we will go the way of much of the rest of the world (licenses bought up by Japanese and American factory ships and nary a local job to be had).

From: I'm a solipsist - isn't everyone? | Registered: Aug 2003  |  IP: Logged
babbler/dabbler
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 4633

posted 12 November 2003 04:49 PM      Profile for babbler/dabbler        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Right on Arborman but
I meant what can we do today, all of us on this site, to contact and or support the maritime fisherman, do you know what union they are in?
Call our MP, who owns those seiners, can we flood their email with protests...
You sure know this topic and we need to send your reply straight to Ottawa
but what do WE do today so those fishermen know someone gives a damn and that they won't give up despite the police goons and injunctions.

From: Nova Scotia | Registered: Nov 2003  |  IP: Logged
arborman
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 4372

posted 12 November 2003 06:13 PM      Profile for arborman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There are no quick fixes, unfortunately. Let your MP and any other candidates know that the way we vote will be influenced by the way fisheries are handled.

Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that not only do we need to stop those very destructive, high tech fisheries, but we need to get a lot of people who currently self identify as fishers to find something else to do. It's very unpopular, but if there are going to be fish for anyone at all 50 years from now, some of the current fishers will need to stop.


From: I'm a solipsist - isn't everyone? | Registered: Aug 2003  |  IP: Logged

All times are Pacific Time  

Post New Topic  Post A Reply Close Topic    Move Topic    Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
Hop To:

Contact Us | rabble.ca | Policy Statement

Copyright 2001-2008 rabble.ca