Skip to comments.EU punishes overfishing with deeper quota cuts
Posted on 08/02/2012 2:49:48 PM PDT by Olog-hai
EU member states that have repeatedly flouted EU limits on how much fish they can catch will receive greatly reduced quotas for this year, as the bloc strives to ensure sustainable fishing, the European Commission said on Wednesday (1 August).
Those who incur the biggest penalties are France, Portugal and Spain.
Quotas are normally reduced by a percentage of the amount a nation has overfished.
Quotas have been a regular source of contention among major fishing nations such as Spain, Denmark, France and Britain.
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So they didn’t pay attention to the quota’s the first time, so you made the quota’s smaller. Well done. Next time give them the comfy chair.
There are two ways to address shortages: rationing, and making more of whatever it is that is in shortage.
Leftists prefer rationing, because it gives them more control over people. However, it does not help the shortage. But the leftists don’t care about the shortage, or solving it. They want the control.
In this case, the way to solve the shortages would be to require those fishing nations to restock with a large multiple of replacements of the kind of fish they are fishing, according to set rules and under inspection to insure they are doing it right.
The assumption is always that attrition of the replacement fish is going to be very high, so it has to be overcome with great abundance.
Importantly, replacement hatchery fish must be within “third generation wild”, and planned with the assumption that they will be strong and healthy, yet cross breed with wild fish to produce good quality offspring, with considerable genetic diversity.
A well carried out program like this would result in a huge abundance of wild fish, so fish catches would be better and more people can eat fish.
Similar schemes have been very effective with land animals, and even insects and plants. But leftists don’t like them.