25 January 2012

Fading fish

Jack mackerel are almost gone, joining the ranks of other species. The Times has a great article about the tragedy:
Mr. Pineda, like everyone here, grew up with the bony, bronze-hued fish they call jurel, which roams in schools in the southern Pacific.

“It’s going fast,” he said as he looked at the 57-foot boat. “We’ve got to fish harder before it’s all gone.” Asked what he would leave his son, he shrugged: “He’ll have to find something else.”
This fish will soon be gone, along with many others. I guess we'll move on to the next species - if there is one. Just one more resource being devoured within a generation, I suppose.

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