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  • Stop raping our resources
    June 03, 2011 - 09:03

    High bycatch rates are not an indicator of healthy stocks Dwayne, it only indicates that humans and the bycatch species are targeting the same food fish. The quotas are a function of the size of the overall biomass, and DFO is rightly saying that the biomass cannot sustain increased harvest. Politics has no place in the management of the fishery. The scientists should always have the last say on how much can be caught to ensure sustainability. We've learned that lesson the hard way too many times, by the content of your comment, it looks like you still don't get it.

  • Stop raping our resources
    June 03, 2011 - 08:10

    Nature doesn't care if harvesters want or need more quota, she can only produce what she can. This story leaves the impression that commercial harvesters could care less about the state of the stocks, they're more worried about their next paycheck. Let's hope government has finally learned their lesson from the multitude of other species that were fished to the brink and hold their ground. Political appeasement would be short sighted.

    • Dwayne Cull
      June 03, 2011 - 08:35

      The news story doesn't tell the real story of this issue. AS I understand it, this i is all about too much fish. So much that the time given to the harversters last year was so limited that the time itself caused the fishermen to go over their limits. it's a long story but it seems all the other fisheries in that area are stopped for various times in the year because of too much Halibut and Turbot. Cod, lumpfish etc can't go on without some interuption due to too much of these other species. This is actually a good news story gone bad....