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Dr. John Everett, formerly with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, now a consultant on ocean issues, maintains that oceans will remain alkaline even as they absorb more CO2. Everett says that rainwater absorbs 100 times as much carbon dioxide when it falls as is in ocean water. He testified recently before a Senate committee, but few of the closed-minded believed him.
One of the largest concerns among many environmentalists and biologists is the depletion of fish in oceans worldwide. The UN Food and Agriculture’s State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture concluded in 2009 that about 50 percent of all marine fish stocks are being exploited and are “at or near sustainable levels.” As we know, the UN is not always right.
Also being predicted is the collapse of the ocean ecosystem because of more fishing of the small fish of the seas. The loss of many of these small fish, such as sardines and herring, threatens the future of larger fish that dine on the small ones.
In a novel approach to fisheries that the federal government wouldn’t understand, fishermen themselves are restoring the fish supply all over the world. In a report earlier this year, Yale Environment 360 reports: “Over the past two decades co-managed fisheries have emerged as one of the most promising strategies—along with marine reserves and catch shares—to halt the decline of ocean ecosystems worldwide.”
More than 200 co-managed fisheries exist now across the globe, “ranging from Alaska’s billion-dollar Bering Sea Pollock fishery…to cooperatives like the abalone harvest along the Chilean coast.”
New evidence shows the bulk of the world’s fisheries—“including small scale, often non-industrialized fisheries on which millions of people depend for food—“can be sustained using community-based co-management.
“The majority of the world’s fisheries are not—and never will be managed by strong centralized governments with top down rules and the means to enforce them,” according to University of Washington’s Nicolas Gutierrez, aquatic and fisheries expert and lead author of a paper Jan 5 in the respected journal Nature. The study was based on fisheries in 44 developed and developing nations.
The Obama administration, with its grandiose “comprehensive ocean policy” never considered that private individuals could solve any problems without directions from a federal bureaucracy. How else could Obama win political credit?
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