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If anyone wishes to debate the subject of ocean habitat recovery and commercial fisheries recovery in a public forum, face to face, I would be glad to participate. Sincerely Fred Winsor
It appears that the NL representative on the Seria Club (Mr. Fred Winsor) wants you to believe that he is far more informed than Jamie Baker is. The truth is Mr. Winsor's spin is totally influenced by this Seria Club view. That view only sees the "arse of the boat" and the "odor" emanating from that view is never very appealing. I usually try to keep a considerable distance from such a gross stench but thanks to a surgical mask treated with a deodorizing spray I am here to offer my opinion. That being that I would rate Mr. Baker as being far more informed about fisheries and fisheries resources than Fredrick Winsor.
It appears that Jaime Baker is not very well informed on the dynamics of the ocean food web and the highly complex predator- prey relationships which occur within the largest natural system on the planet, the ocean. I would refer him to ocean food chain research completed by Daniel Pauly, Boris Worm, Callum Roberts, Sylvia Earle, and Ransom Myers. The notion that species such as crab and shrimp "managed" to or favoured the detriment of cod is a denial of power of the ocean food web to rebuild itself. The ocean shelf off Newfoundland and Labrador is, and remains, one of the most heavily overfished areas on the planet. In 2009 the World Economic Forum ranked Canada's fisheries management 125th out of 127 countries or the third worst in the world. Regarding markets for cod. There are solid markets for Newfoundland salt cod in Portugal and Brazil and most likely in the United States if any real effort was made to sell it there. As long as we have a provincial government sanctioned fish buyers cartel these markets have little opportunity to be exploited. Similarly white tablecloth restaurants in Europe and North America are interested in purchasing handline caught Newfoundland and Labrador cod. The real issue here is Newfoundland's and Canada's reluctance to implement effective ocean habitat recovery programs. Healthy ocean habitats are the foundation for a sustainable ocean food web and sustainable commercial fish stocks. How is this accomplished? Every fishing nation enjoying ocean and commercial fisheries recovery has established large marine protected areas. Thank you