Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fish and Whale Populations Collapsing...Global Fishing Moratorium Needed....Anybody Out There Listening????

BC Resident Killer Whales are on Verge of Extinction
Starvation seen as Likely Cause

When early European explorers like John Cabot and Jacques Cartier came to Eastern Canada, they commented on the abundant numbers of fish, particularly the cod of the north eastern coast of North America.  They wrote that the fish were so plentiful that huge schools of cod would push in solid masses against the sides of their sailing ships.  Even before the first explorers, for centuries,  fishermen had been coming from Portugal and other European countries to fish the waters off the coast of Newfoundland.  It seemed there were enough fish to last for thousands of years...but in three short centuries...if was (almost) all gone.

In the late 60's and 70's the Canadian Maritime Atlantic Cod fishery collapsed.  It was a shock...and many small communities in the maritime provinces simply disappeared when the moratorium on commercial cod fishing was laid down by the Canadian government. Now, only local fishermen can go out in small boats and catch fish for local consumption.  Sometimes you read that the cod are coming back...maybe.  But, you see...the big fishing trawlers scraped the bottom of the oceans when they fished and destroyed the sea beds  where the cod spawned and grew.  Humans are wantonly stupid and ignorant when it comes to our planet and its resources.

It was the same with the salmon fishery on the Canadian West Coast. Historians tell us the first two hundred years of colonization of the Pacific Northwest were built on the salmon fishery...with huge processing and canning factories dotting the coast.  Now, they too, are gone.

But as bad as it was with the collapse of the eastern cod fishery...and later the big salmon industry on the West coast....where the canneries closed for lack of fish and the numbers of returning salmon dwindle every year. Not many thought it would come to this--a world wide collapse of fish and whales of all types in the oceans.  There will soon come a time, and perhaps even in my lifetime, where there are no more whales or fish in the oceans.  This appears to be threatened by the inability of the oceans themselves to support life.  Here are two recent articles:  the first is on the endangered local pod of resident Killer Whales...which depends on the salmon to survive:

This report is from the Vancouver Island-based CHEK News:

Record Low Sightings of Local Killer Whale population sparks concern on Vancouver Island

......There is another species of orcas, called Southern Resident killer whales, whose recent migration patterns has Malleson and others concerned.

"We've seen a lot of animals that have shown up quite lean and skinny" Malleson said.

The resident killer whales are most active off the waters of Vancouver Island and Washington State.

Since April of this year, the three orca pods have been sighted only 27 times according to the Center for Whale Research.

This summer turned out to have the lowest number of sightings since studies on the population began in 1976.

"This population is on the razor edge of extinction," explained Christianne Wilhelmson of the Georgia Strait Alliance. "There's no other way to put it."

Last year marked the deadliest year for the species in more than two decades.

Six resident whales died, including one of the oldest whales in the world who was affectionately known as "Granny."

Wilhelmson said it was a huge blow to the population.

"They had a serge in babies a few years ago and then last year several key members of their population died" Wilhelmson said.

There are only 77 resident whales left.
The second report is from Natural News.  Stocks of fish of all species are being threatened and may soon collapse.  This shocking revelation is certainly a wake-up call for humanity.  Please read it and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

Article reprinted from Natural

Fish populations are absolutely COLLAPSING across the oceans of the world… may lead to fall of human civilization

It’s time to update that old saying that “there are plenty of fish in the sea” as scientists warn that the numbers of old fish are declining at an alarming rate, putting future generations of fish and even humans in peril.

According to studies of fisheries in the seas surrounding Europe and the U.S. carried out by University of Washington researchers, populations of older fish have dropped by 72 percent on average. In some specifies, including the Atlantic cod, Pacific cod, Pacific hake, and red snapper, the population of older fish has dropped by more than 95 percent. They found that old fish are completely missing in many populations across the planet.

The researchers made these unsettling conclusions after examining 63 fisheries with records that spanned as long as 140 years. The researchers employed a few different techniques to determine the ages of the fish. One of the more popular methods is examining stones in the ears of the fish known as otoliths, which grow rings each year much in the same way that a tree trunk does. What constitutes an “old fish” depends on the species; most herrings don’t live past their tenth birthdays, but some rockfish can live to be 200. Their findings were published in Current Biology.

Losing the world’s fish would be catastrophic to humans

Why is losing so many older fish such a big problem? You might think that they’d be past reproductive age and nearing death anyway, but quite surprisingly, older fish are typically the biggest and tend to produce the most offspring. When female fish release their eggs, a combination of several factors need to work in unison for them to hatch and reach adulthood. Because it’s so hard to get this right, some species can go a decade or more between successful broods. The older fish in the population simply have more years in which they produce eggs, which boosts their chances of succeeding in the long run. UW Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Professor Tim Essington said that having the diversity of older and younger fish can serve as a hedge against risk and keep the system more stable.

In addition, older fish are far better at adapting to the many environmental changes modern fish are subject to than their younger counterparts. Older fish typically spawn in different locations and times, which minimizes the impact that short-term changes in the environment can have on their population.
Experts suggest that fishing be stopped in certain areas to give populations time to recover. Fisheries should consider instituting slot limits that regulate maximum and minimum sizes. Another useful tool is marine reserves. The fish in these reserves have been found to live longer and create more genetically diverse populations, thereby protecting their species.
Much of the fish loss is being blamed on fishing pressure, and it makes sense that the longer a particular fish lives, the more chances it has to find itself on the losing end of fishing gear. Pollution and disease also play a role.

If fish don’t live long enough to reproduce successfully, the entire food chain would collapse, with animals that eat fish being the first to succumb. Nearly one fifth of the planet’s animal protein intake is fish. Those in poorer countries who can’t afford protein sources like chicken or meat rely on fish for sustenance, and if it was gone, poverty, malnutrition and starvation would climb dramatically. Marine life also helps to regulate the ocean by filtering toxins and keeping pollution and algal blooms under control to some degree.

According to marine researcher Boris Worm, the complete disappearance of fish from our oceans – which could happen as early as 2048 – would spell the end of life as we know it. That’s why Dr. Worm and his team of researchers at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia say it’s time to stop polluting the ocean and start insisting on sustainable fishery management and the creation of ocean reserves."


It is quite obvious what needs to happen.  There needs to be a global moratorium on all commercial fishing for at least 10 years...and then have an international evaluation as to whether limited fishing can start thereafter.  We need to give our oceans, seas and lakes a break!

It's not rocket science.  This is what the International Community has already agreed regarding hunting was simply outlawed in 1982...and only a few countries (i.e. Japan) persist in commercial harvesting of whales.  The Government of Canada did the same with the cod fishery in the 70's.  It was a painful pill for the maritime fishermen to swallow...but they did it.  Only those communities who live by the water's edge should be able to send out small fishing boats to catch fish for local use. No more "extinction event" factory trawlers!  Currently, they say, the cod is slowly coming back...but not to the point where it can sustain a commercial fishery.

Humanity needs to be weaned off fish protein and substitute other more sustainable sources of protein such as soy.  I am sure that soy can be flavoured to taste just like fish!  How much fish do you eat in a month?  Not much, I'm sure.  I only have fish once every couple of months, with the exception of salmon.  I do eat farmed salmon more frequently, perhaps once or twice a month.  This ban should also extend to seafood.  No more mercury-laden shellfish!

I have always had a sneaking suspicion that an intolerable amount of commercially harvested fish end up in the landfill anyway.  After only stays fresh...what?  Perhaps three days?  Unless it's smoked and properly stored.

Who knows how much of the threatened collapse of the world-wide fishery can be blamed on over-fishing, how much on so-called "climate change" and how much can be blamed on the radiation that has been continuously leaking from Fukushima in Japan.  We can waste a lot of precious time debating the topic of causation....or, we can ACT NOW TO SAVE WHAT IS LEFT!

A few decades ago, Canadians could count on our government to speak up and do what is necessary to convince other nations that a complete moratorium is the only way to go.  Now, with our toady Federal Government having to ask the perps in Washington for permission to use the washroom...not so much.

So, I think it is up to the alternate, truth media to start the ball rolling.  Do your due diligence to learn about the holocaust that is going on in the waters of this planet and then speak out on behalf of a....



Anonymous said...

Where it gets really stupid is they use some fish for pet food and fertilizer.

If humanity disappeared from the Earth, the rest of the species wouldn't miss us at all, in fact, they'd probably start thriving again.

tsisageya said...

We are here, we are here, we are here.

Ed(itor) said...

Paging Derrick Jensen, Derrick Jensen please. Pick up the house phone.

greencrow said...

Hi Anonymous

Yes, and in the old days, they would catch everything in those huge drag nets...just take what they wanted and leave the rest to rot.

greencrow said...


Glad you're here.

greencrow said...

Hi Ed(itor)

Derrick Jensen...hummmmmm. Never heard of him till now when I googled his name. He sounds like he's on the right track...humanity is just not sustainable...never has been.

Penny said...

GC: apologies for the off topic, do stop by and check the latest on the Edmonton situation- Pretty sure you will be unsurprised.

and if you can leave the links to your posts on Nuttall and Korody in the comments section that would be great