Oceans’ fish could disappear in 40 years: UN

$27 billion in subsidies for $85 billion in catch.

The article points out that the worldwide fleet capacity is about 50% to 60% larger than it should be and that there is little to no effort to conduct sustainable fishing. There are few refuges and there is little attempt at recovery of depressed fish populations.

Oceans’ fish could disappear in 40 years: UN.
By Sebastian Smith (AFP)

A Monumental Decision George W. Bush becomes the conservation president, at least at sea

“The Conservation President?” That’s a joke, but he did do one good last-minute thing-

A Monumental Decision. George W. Bush becomes the conservation president, at least at sea. Washington Post editorial.

Bush has declared about 333,000 square miles of ocean, including scattered rocks and islets to be national monuments. This is an important innovation, especially because the world’s oceans are in rapid decline. It’s not clear how these will be managed to protect them.

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The story: Bush to create huge ocean sanctuary in Pacific. Grist Magazine.