Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

SpoonFed: Via NPR

An unusual conservation plan, introduced recently in a paperin the journal PLoS Biology, would close international waters – where there’s currently pretty much a fishing free-for-all — to all fishing and restrict commercial fishermen to coastal areas managed by individual nations. The authors,Crow White and Christopher Costello, suggest turning the open ocean into a worldwide reserve for the migratory species that travel huge distances.

That reserve would give these fish populations to chance to rebound. And the fish that strayed into coastal national waters, where fishing would remain legal, could meanwhile be caught by fishermen. Overall, under such a plan, fish populations would grow healthier, fishing would become a more lucrative business and we would have more fish to eat, the researchers argue [...] read more

Frozen tuna in the hold of the Chinese ship "Heng Xing 1" in an area of international waters near the exclusive economic zone of Indonesia, 14 November 2012.

Frozen tuna in the hold of the Chinese ship “Heng Xing 1″ in an area of international waters near the exclusive economic zone of Indonesia, 14 November 2012.

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