9 thoughts on “Overfishing, Europe and Africa


    I never thought that I might be contributing to a possible ecological implosion in our oceans because of the kinds of fish that I eat.

    That is, until I saw the eye-opening documentary “The End of the Line,” which dramatically details how massive industrial fishing is endangering the viability of an increasingly large number of fish species.

    “Overfishing is the great environmental disaster that people haven’t heard about,” said the documentary’s producer George Duffield. This is not merely an indictment of mercenary corporate fishing, it is also exposes how consumers choose to ignore the impact of eating endangered fish. In fact, as supplies of certain fish dwindle, they become more expensive and, therefore, more of a delicacy.

    It’s not just specific fish that are being depleted beyond the point of no return, but overfishing contributes to creating an ecosystem change in the oceans that will not be to the benefit of the residents of the planet. Not to mention that many people in poorer nations rely on fish to survive, but are seeing a diminishing supply because of huge fishing fleets off their shores from developed nations. They are floating factories that use high-tech tools to relentlessly sweep the oceans of endangered fish and fish that are becoming threatened.

    With all our domestic concerns about unemployment, political zealots and debt and revenue, we sometimes forget that the planet around us is in need of our urgent attention.

    Overfishing is something we can help stop by changing our eating patterns. Watch the documentary “The End of the Line” and find out how.

    You can make a personal difference in keeping our fish populations abundant and healthy.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

  2. Greenpeace dwarsboomt Nederlandse vissers Afrika

    15/03/12, 14:33 − bron: ANP

    UPDATE Greenpeace heeft donderdag een Nederlands visserschip lastiggevallen voor de kust van het Afrikaanse land Mauritanië. Dat maakte de milieuorganisatie vandaag bekend. De activisten maakten een grote boei vast aan de netten van de supertrawler Dirk Diederik, waardoor het niet kon vissen.

    Volgens Greenpeace vist het Nederlandse schip de zee leeg voor de kust van West-Afrika en hebben lokale vissers het nakijken. De organisatie wil dat Europese landen overbevissing tegengaan. Na het weekeinde vergaderen Europese bewindslieden over hervorming van het visserijbeleid.

    ‘We willen dat staatssecretaris Henk Bleker (Landbouw) zich dit sociale onrecht aantrekt en zich in Brussel hardmaakt voor een eerlijke en duurzame vloot’, aldus Greenpeace in een persbericht.

    De wateren van West-Afrika zijn zeer rijk aan onder meer makreel, sardines en garnalen. Maar jaarlijks gaat ongeveer 1,5 miljard dollar (ruim 1,1 miljard euro) aan visopbrengsten verloren voor de lokale gemeenschappen door illegale visserij.

    Dat komt doordat door corruptie en gebrek aan controle grote buitenlandse schepen regelmatig vlak voor de kust komen vissen. Ze vangen daar vele tonnen vis in gebieden die bedoeld zijn voor de lokale, ambachtelijke vissers.

  3. Greenpeace stops Dutch trawler from fishing

    Thursday 15 March 2012

    A Dutch trawler was prevented from fishing in the waters off the coast of Mauritania on Thursday by environmental organisation Greenpeace, when activists tied a large buoy to the nets of the Dirk Diederik.

    The action comes ahead of a European gathering of agriculture ministers next week to discuss reforms to fishing policy.

    Greenpeace says the Dutch ship is over-fishing the seas of West Africa and leaving local fisherrmen with nothing to catch.

    ‘We want junior agriculture minister Henk Bleeker to recognise this social injustice and stand firm in Brussels for a fair and sustainable fleet,’ a Greenpeace spokesman said.

    © DutchNews.nl

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