Ken L wrote:
Omesh. When I was a boy, I used to be able to look down from the coastal cliffs and see shoals of mackerel (ours are similar to yours but quite a bit bigger) chasing small fish right up to the beach.
On really calm days, I could look down and see individual bass (not dissimilar to Barramundi but smaller) hunting over the sand. Those days are gone. There are still fish there but in much smaller numbers because of the greed of the politicians and the fleet operators.
With some species like the Atlantic cod where the fishing takes place outside the public gaze, entire population have totally collapsed due to consistent fishing at politically decided levels way above the quota's recommended by fisheries scientists and they aren't showing any signs of recovery.
I don't blame the individual fishermen (for the most part) because as you point out, most are just work a day guys doing what they can to feed their families but as I have watched sea angling around the British coast deteriorate massively in my lifetime, you will have to forgive me if I occasionally point out what may be about to happen to others who currently do have sea fish resources.
It takes political will to save the stocks in the face of a promise of quick cash and that is unlikely to be present without some degree of prompting from the people who mandate the politicians and who's birthright is at steak.
I can feel the sentiment here... There are a few species here that are facing the similar fate of the Atlantic cod and there are i suppose everywhere..... How can the politics be stopped! people who mandate politicians, where to find such people and what guarantee their not hand in glove with the politicians? the greed to live a more comfortable life blinds most people from a noble cause, Its not just fish were talking about today, Fuel!, Food!, Real estate prices.... you name it! everything is on an increased level of depletion and are becoming more expensive to procure, as a boy in school we had a lesson in english which was titled 2020!, It was a funny story about a family that lived in (in the future) 2020! A few things I remember is there was not only central Air conditioning but central oxygen!, an individual needed to wear a mask to go out the weather forecast was something like Nitrogen clouds moving out and Sulfuric dioxide clouds coming in, forecast are Carbon dioxide clouds. There was no vegetation across the globe except the dessert as there was some drastic weather change which made the desert get all the rain in the world, there was no food, humans survived on carbohydrate, protein and mineral/vitamin pastes, LPG had become illegal and no one could afford a stove besides even if they could there was no food to. Petrol was a luxury and was estimated at Rs 1000 a liter all families just had one day out in the month where they would fill in some gas and go to the museum where the kids could see what an eggplant/ladyfinger or tomato looks like! at that time it seemed like a nightmare that would never turn into reality! Today I sometimes think maybe 2020! really ends up being 2020! I'm sure politicians also indulge in angling! rest aside even if they don't or are dumb enough to deplete most resources I believe an initiative to breed fish in their natural surrounding and then letting them free is a good solution to fix the situation! I also know a capital is required for the same and one individual might not be able to make the difference, however if some people get together and make a proposal to their governments with the appropriate influence in place through research then maybe some anglers in every pat of the world can obtain government jobs, enjoy their sport, make a difference to the environment at large and also earn a substantial living in doing the same. its just that the right people need to get involved and form a good network which promotes conservation! However most of us are involved in the rat race and people who can make a difference and don't need to be rat racing since they are in a better position financially won't really take the initiative! and that is how it has been and is so I guess praying for things to improve should solve the situation! Pardon me for the outburst!
Though the bright side is that we all forum members are discussing such issues and are aware that there are many people out there who are as concerned as we are.
If something* can be done to stop fishing by those giant trawlers who's mandate is to empty the sea's and fill the pockets of their owners and then move on the the next lucrative business then the sea can be saved.
Local (small mechanized) boats can do some damage but nothing compared to these monsters.
BTW, on hearing the sea report it looks that managing Mahseer waters is much simpler. Its boils down to patrolling, educating and restocking the critically effected areas.
hmmmm all this is supposedly been happening forever! still we face Mahseer extinction! we still have 70% tilapia in pune rivers! thread fin snapper off the coast has become rarer than ever!
*I propose we make a clan! and destroy em trawlers! like a Anti Fish depletion Squad!
Sorry folks! but the saying is "laughter is the best medicine!"