If only pirates have poles: the future of fishing on the high seas

On April 2nd, I was fortunate to attend a class with Rick Loomis. A photographer for the LA Times, Loomis is known for his work covering environmental issues and conflict zones. In 2007, he and team of journalists won a Pulitzer Prize for the piece Altered Oceans. Click on the photo to check it out, it’s worth a moment (or more) of your time:

LoomisOcean   (Photograph by Rick Loomis)

Loomis captured startling videos and still photography, of beauty and of destruction. At one point he said to us, “There is nothing left, we’ve eaten it all.” And he is a man who knows. Who devoted years of his life to finding out.

There is a growing consensus, a growing concern:
We are running out of seafood. The sea is running low on life.

Like with so many environmental issues, the consensus runs short on a solution. One solution, proposed last week by a biologist and a resource economist, is elegant, simple, and on its face impossible — close the high seas, giving species time to grow and rebound.

The idea may seem outlandish but as Professor Crow White, one of the paper’s authors points out, “”All big ideas have to start somewhere.” And we do. Need to start somewhere. As soon as possible. If we hope to have fish in the future.

Check out this article on The Salt for more.

 

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