Publicado por: pongpesca | 2019/05/06

EDITORIAL: Science must drive fisheries policy

N.L.’s Barry Group has lost a Federal Court review of a DFO decision on the 2016 mackerel fishery.“There is an alternative.
But it isn’t just talk.
Like fighting fire with fire, you could call it fighting science with science.
More and more in recent years, fish harvesters have had a problem with science. The results that scientists are finding in surveys of fish species are, the harvesters say, at loggerheads with what harvesters are actually seeing.
This year, it’s mackerel. (It’s been many different species over many different years.)
Scientists with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) say the Atlantic mackerel spawning stock is in virtual freefall; that, compared to 20 years ago, the stock has fallen by 86 per cent. That kind of number means the biomass is in the critical zone and urgent conservation measures have to be taken.”

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Fonte: The Chronicle Herald, 29 de abril de 2019

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