Sunday, December 2, 2007

Fish Resources - "Only 50 Years Left" For Sea Fish

I think the article on “Only 50 Years Left” For Sea Fish make a whole lot of sense to me. One reason why I agree with the article is that my father was a fisherman his whole life and today I have three brothers that not only enjoys fishing as a sport but catches fish for food. The catch that my brothers have today even when combined does not even come close to the amount of fish that my father caught 25 years ago. One of the wonderful memories I have of my father when I was as young as 10 years old is when he goes out fishing from night until dawn and returns home with a truck load of fish. Not a cooler full of fish, but, a truck load of fish. Growing up I remembered that people were very generous and neighbors always help each other. When my father returns home from fishing, we already have all our neighbors waiting for their share of the catch, free of charge. With this type of generosity, all our neighbors would also share either their vegetables or animals (pigs, chickens, ducks, cows, goats) with us.

As stated by Steve Palumbi, Scientist from Stanford University, “Unless we fundamentally change the way we manage all the ocean species together, as working ecosystems, then this century is the last century of wild seafood.” I totally agree with his statement because without the cooperation of everyone, the abuse with fishing will continue not forever but rather only until all the wild seafood are gone which is not long from today.

For the Marianas, I will have to say that it will be very sad when the fish population do decline as predicted. Why? Well, one, because some of our people were born fishermen and they fish today for profit as their only way of making ends meet. Two, fish has always been a delicacy for our people and we could not imagine not having fish as part of our diet. An example would be, every year, during lent, we eat only seafood, mainly fish, everyday for 45 days until Easter Sunday. This has always been the practice for my family as part of our religion, Roman Catholics. Therefore, I believe that if people here in the Marianas were educated on the importance of our marine environment as well as to establish strict laws when dealing with our marine organisms, then wild seafood may still be saved and 50 years from today, everyone will enjoy what has always been enjoyed in the past, FISHING!
By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News website
Last Updated: Thursday, 2 November 2006, 19:01 GMT

1 comment:

Harris Bank Online Banking said...

It's too bad this issue is getting so little attention.