Friday, November 03, 2006

Do You Like to Eat Food and Drink Water?

. . . . then you had better support family planning and choice politics, because we're running out of both.

Stark warning over future of fish:
Fish could be off the menu by the middle of this century with stocks in terminal decline, scientists have warned.

A major investigation of marine ecosystems around the world predicts their total collapse in the next 40 years.
Little sustainable fish or sea food will remain by 2048 if nothing is done to reverse the trend.

Almost 30 per cent of fished species populations had already reached this tipping point in 2003, the investigation found.

Despite more intensive fishing, cumulative yields across all species and ocean ecosystems had fallen by 10.6 million metric tons since 1994.

Study leader Dr Boris Worm, from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, said: "Species have been disappearing from ocean ecosystems and this trend has recently been accelerating.

"Now we begin to see some of the consequences. For example, if the long-term trend continues, all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime - by 2048."

Fishing is only one human factor affecting marine biodiversity with pollution, habitat destruction and climate change also taking their toll.

Marine conservation biologist Professor Callum Roberts, from the University of York, said: "For generations, people have admired the denizens of the sea for their size, ferocity, strength or beauty.

"But as this study shows, the animals and plants that inhabit the sea are not merely embellishments to be wondered at. They are essential to the health of the oceans and the well-being of human society."

Seafish, the UK seafood industry body, and the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) said the study did not deal with reality or note continuing attempts to protect fish stocks.

Branding the report as "superficial", SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: "It takes a ridiculously long timescale and does not mention the efforts being made in Europe to recover stocks as quickly as we can.

"It is a doomsday prediction that ignores the reality of what the world is actually trying to do to remove the ills that it describes."

The efforts being made in Europe are too little, too late, and are being undercut by the acceleration of the fast growth policies of Republican (Conservative) Big Business all around the world. International laws put in place to protect these food stocks and habitats are broken with impugnity (see "Japan Caught & Hide $2 Billion Worth of Rare Tuna", and "Mammals Hunting Mammals".
Fisheries minister Ben Bradshaw said the warning represented the world's biggest environmental challenge after global warming.

He ruled out a complete ban on cod fishing, saying a "zero catch" would see "the end of all fishing in the UK".

Your way makes the end to all life on the planet inevitable, Ben. The environmentalists' way allows for 'smart' growth, and saves life on the planet.

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