Monday, July 16, 2007

30% cut to cod quota

The national government has released a report recommending a sharp reduction of 30% in the cod fishing quota. The TAC is now at the lowest level in generations. The minister is implementing the recommendations of the report but regrets the effects of his actions as remote rural communities will be harmed. Still, he defends his actions saying it will strengthen the stocks in the long run.

Harvesters protest noting that the government has been consistently wrong in their stock predictions. Fishing vessel owners demand participation in marine research and a say in decisions. Meanwhile a professor of fish science says more money should be put into research.

This is a familiar story that has been part of the public environment around the fisheries sector in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador for years.

It's just too bad, as the local wags claim here and here, we can't be more like Iceland who have been far more aggressive in exercising complete control over their fish stocks with wisdom and foresight.

The only problem is that the first couple of paragraphs of this post have nothing to do with this province. These events all come from the last 10 days of Icelandic news stories about their fishery: the Icelandic Minister of Fisheries Einar K. Gudfinnsson has just instituted a 30% cut in their cod quota.

Chances are that's only the beginning for that rocky isle.

It would be worthwhile to closely examine the cold facts why Iceland has been forced into these actions rather than simply pining with starry-eyed sentimentality to be just like them.

More to follow.

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