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Below is an important just-released NOAA report with a headline that can be misread at first glance ... at least I first thought it meant things were going down the crapper, when it is actually upbea…

Below is an important just-released NOAA report with a headline that can be misread at first glance ... at least I first thought it meant things were going down the crapper, when it is actually upbeat new. The "lows" are high points in conservation. Commentary below the report. 

 April 15, 2015

Overfishing and Overfished Numbers Hit
All-Time Lows

Status of Stocks 2014

As a result of the combined efforts of NOAA Fisheries, the regional fishery management councils, and all our partners, the number of stocks listed as subject to overfishing or overfished continues to decline and is at an all-time low.

Check out the infographic below highlighting the progress we've made rebuilding stocks and ending overfishing. This progress demonstrates that our science-based approach to determining stock status and managing for sustainability is working. 
 

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I know that reports like this draw anecdotal retorts from never-satisfied green groups -- and even recreational anglers. Not from me. We all but killed off fisheries through a long and mindless process. The only way to truly get them back in through a long and mindful methodology, one now at work in the US. We lead the world in fisheries conservation, with no close second places. 

We can't fall for anecdotal rhetoric, though it should always be heard to ferret out any legitimate scientific points. 

Here's legit gripes I have when anecdotalists have their radical way.

On the anti-conservation side, commercialites and wanton recreationalists will swear up and down that a favorite fishery is just fine and "Bugger off!" while they continue to fish unabated -- until the last fish of that species is dead and they move onto another species, often blaming the government for allowing them to fish a species to death. And that's not even remotely meant to be funny. I've seen it play out to a T.

On the other anecdotal side, blind conservationists, like striped bass worshipers, will swear the species is dying off and every last bass should be saved. What you have then is what we have now: The over-protecting of a choice specie, which overpopulates in terms of the existing ecology, leading to the destruction of a slew of truly struggling species, being foraged upon by the over-beloved species. If there is a dark side to the upbeat news that fisheries are getting better all the time it's the favortism fishery management shows toward more commercially viable, or recreationally desirable, species. 

Holistic fishery management, the complex environmental art of taking every species in the marine and nearshore ecosystem into account (including all flora and fauna) is our glowing weakness. However, securing the survival of as many species as possible is a decent interim action.  

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