June 14, 2009

"We are fighting a war against fish - and we are winning"

Langdon Cook of the most excellent blog Fat of the Land wants everyone to check out a new film called The End of the Line, based on the book of the same name by British journalist Charles Clover.

From Langdon's post:
In one passage about the harmful effects of bottom trawling, Clover asks readers to to imagine "what people would say if a band of hunters strung a mile of net between two immense all-terrain vehicles and dragged it at speed across the plains of Africa." The result, in this apt analogy, is a "strangely bedraggled landscape resembling a harrowed field. There are no markets for about a third of the animals they have caught because they don't taste good or because they are simply too small or too squashed. This pile of corpses is dumped on the plain to be consumed by scavengers."

This is just one of the common practices that occurs on the high seas every day.

Over-fishing, habitat destruction, and pollution are taking a toll that, for many generations, was hard to quantify—because it was hard to see.
But there are no excuses now. And it isn't too late. There is still time to make things better, and we can make a difference.

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