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Monday, December 09, 2013
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Why the dinosaur attitude toward assessment surveys?
Who remembers that the Gulf of Paria was once the Golfo de la Ballena—the Gulf of the Whale? The humpback whale feeds in the plankton-rich Arctic, and breeds in subtropical or tropical waters, like the Caribbean. The Gulf of Paria was full of them at the time of Columbus. It’s exactly the type of sea humpbacks like to breed in. Shallow and calm; perfect for raising kids.
They’re all gone now. Their fat lubricated English machines during the Industrial Revolution and provided oil for lamps and soap. Between the 1820s and the 1880s, well within a human lifespan, we managed to harpoon them from our inland sea. The 19th-century whaler had no care for, or no knowledge of, sustainable resource management.
It hasn’t got any better. Trawling has destroyed the once-valuable shrimp fishery. Trawling for shrimp is the equivalent of chopping down a coconut tree to get the nut. A ban was recently announced for industrial trawlers, and a closed season for the smaller artisanal trawlers, but it’s too late. There’s little shrimp left in the Gulf.
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