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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Preserve our seafood for posterity
The decision to ban trawling in the waters of T&T, as far as its importance to wildlife conservation, including our fisheries goes, surpasses the decision of Mr Lincoln Myers and the NAR Government to ban hunting of forest mammals for two years. Trawling is internationally recognised as the most destructive and wasteful method of fishing and many countries have implemented a ban.
Trawling in our waters over the many years has been destroying the juvenile fish, resulting in a continuing decline in the catch by our fisherfolk, and if continued, the situation can only worsen. I have often wondered why succeeding governments were not heeding the advice of the stakeholders that trawling should be banned.
This decision means that within two to three years the fish stocks in the Gulf of Paria should show a recovery from the many years of abuse by the destructive trawlers. The catches of the artisanal fisherfolk should also be showing improved results—to the benefit of us consumers. It also means that with this protection and good management, our fisheries resources will continue to be available as food for generations to come.
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