Now, you are 100% correct when you say a market shift MUST occur! As I stated earlier, it is the market and the demand that drives the fisherman to supply the demand for these fish! The market demand for these fish must be eliminated, and or greatly reduced for a recovery in the fishery. Reducing the supply by cutting the quotas on the harvest will just drive the price on the fish even higher, thus creating an even larger black market trade for these fish. And the European fisherman who don't abide by the quotas anyway, will be the big winners in the game when the price for the fish skyrockets if they reduce the supply by regulating the quotas in the Western Atlantic!!!In order to lessen the pressure on fishing fleets to provide Tuna (read sushi and sashimi) a market shift must occur within the nations and peoples creating the demand. The nations controlling the the export of these fish and fish parts(tuna and shark fins), must,(notwithstanding the corruption involved,)stop supporting their citizens in raping the seas for personal profit. If none of the above works at present,(and I hope it does) we had better start collecting DNA samples so that at some time in the future (long after we are all dead), our great-grandchildren may attempt to recreate the apex predators of our oceans. If you want to learn more about the trade in shark fins, the video Sharkwater will give you look into the magnitude of the problem in just one country. Regards.....
Well Ian,For those of you who can see no connection between the first part of my post and the second, I was using it to illustrate how long it takes to change attitudes Provincially (lobster) and nationally (drunk driving). Our youth (future representatives)will be the ones to change things because,to date, our current (world) representatives have obviously failed to curb the corruption involved in the illegal (which would be a start) Tuna and Sharkfin trade. I am well aware of the legal, (and ethically bankrupt,)overexploitation of these resources but it is our representatives who allow it. Until the matter has a higher profile and is regarded seriously as a matter of foreign policy by both us and the Americans, we shall probably have to wait for our global youth (our future leaders) to solve the problem that we created. (Remember when we promoted the killing of BFT for the manufacture of pet foods??) How many tuna fishermen do YOU know who would agree voluntarily, with a total moratorium?? (just because it is a good idea?)
Anyone who has been fishing in the ocean for the past 20 to 40 years knows by now that certain, if not most fisheries show seasonal fluctuations, and seem to go through cycles of abundance, and low catch periods. In the 80's, the Tuna fisherman thought the fishery was over, as catches were at an all time low. But, today the fishery here in Atlantic Canada and the USA is a strong and viable fishery once again!!! The fisherman are filling their quotas in a very short period of time, and have to stop fishing after they fill their quotas!!! I have only been fishing our local waters for the past few years, but the amount of tuna I have seen in that short period has been phenomenal to say the least!!!!I think we are all aware of the facts. If all we want to do is point fingers,the fishery IS doomed. As I said in my previous posts, our representatives allow the over exploitation both legally and illegally in other waters. The reality is that the issue, again, as I have previously stated, is JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT to our national governments. Until that is rectified, and action taken, be prepared to sit as a spectator as these fisheries DO crash. End of story!!! And you still want a recreational, (catch and keep) fishery for Tuna in our waters???
Well Fluffy,Yesterday, on "Fishing with Friends", I watched Steve land a big tuna in the Northumberland Straight aboard a licensed tuna recreational fishery operator's boat out of Antigonish Cnty.
They claim to live release tuna, and we did see an exhausted fish swim slowly away, but as I've pointed out before, tuna are highly susceptible to lactic acid shock and death, even days after release. Those that die, sink, and disappear.
There is no way to know that a hooked tuna survived C&R unless it is electrically monitored for several days. They don't do that.
I am sorry to hear [with all due respect to Steve] that this wonderful animal has been put in more peril in our home waters, just for the sake of a little fun and a few jobs.