Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Why Cassandra's task is hopeless
Posted by Ugo Bardi
Sometimes you stumble into something that needs no comments; except to note that Cassandra's task, really, is hopeless.
In Mackerel's Plunder, Hints of Epic Fish Collapse
By MORT ROSENBLUM and MAR CABRA
25 January 2012
TALCAHUANO, Chile – Eric Pineda, a dock agent in this old port south of Santiago, peered deep into the Achernar’s hold at a measly 10 tons of jack mackerel — the catch after four days in waters once so rich they filled the 17-meter fishing boat in a few hours.
Mr. Pineda, like everyone here, grew up with the bony, bronze-hued fish they call jurel, which roams in schools in the southern Pacific.
“It’s going fast,” he said as he looked at the 57-foot boat. “We’ve got to fish harder before it’s all gone.” Asked what he would leave his son, he shrugged: “He’ll have to find something else.”
From the New York Times - h/t The Oil Drum
Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome and the author of "Extracted: how the quest for mineral resources is plundering the Planet" (Chelsea Green 2014)