Ottawa needs to take notice of global opinion against their carnage* before they should be allowed to host any ideas about overfishing.
“Our message to international vessel owners and crews is clear: Canada is watching you closely and overfishing will not be tolerated,” David Bevin of Canada’s federal fishing fisheries ministry said.
This is the same Ministry of Fisheries that blames a decrease in numbers of cod on the seals – and whose advice is the Canadian government is acting on – despite evidence that the seals aren’t even to blame, as this letter to the Head Minister of Fisheries demonstrates. It speaks volumes that a Canadian marine biologist with strong ties to the Nova Scotia fishing community opposes the seal cull, and that Canadian DFO scientific studies seem to reveal that the seal cull is unscientific in addition to inhumane.
But yet, just as presidential candidates in America must kowtow to the NRA-sponsored hunting brigade, Canada has capitulated to angry and frustrated fishermen – despite the fact that fishermen don’t really do science. They just fish.
Nations have always sparred over fishing rights – the 1976 “Cod War” between Iceland and Britain comes amusingly to mind – and Canada has every right to protect its waters against foreign vessels. Currently, the Great White Northern nation is engaged in a tiff with Greenland and the Faeroes over shrimp fishing.
But if Canada’s contribution to the debate and possible solution of overfishing is to have any credence at all, they must stop the outrage of the seal culls first.
* Kudos to The Daily Mirror for continuing to expose this slaughter.