[lit-ideas] Worm uses news hook on Fish

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 13:34:26 -0500

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061103/D8L59FQ00.html
Overfishing May Harm Seafood Population
Nov 2, 8:13 PM (ET)

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
WASHINGTON (AP) - Clambakes, crabcakes, swordfish steaks and even humble fish sticks could be little more than a fond memory in a few decades. If current trends of overfishing and pollution continue, the populations of just about all seafood face collapse by 2048, a team of ecologists and economists warns in a report in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003340489_seafood03m.html

But other scientists question that forecast.

"It's just mind-boggling stupid," said Ray Hilborn, a University of Washington professor of aquatic and fishery sciences.

"I'm worried about some areas of the world — like Africa — but other areas of the world have figured out how to do effective fishery management."

For example, most of the harvests in the North Pacific off Alaska — where most Seattle fleets fish — are not in sharp decline.

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... in a note to colleagues that was mistakenly sent to The Seattle Times, Worm wrote that the projection could act as a "news hook to get people's attention."

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