Friday, July 31, 2009


There is a divisive and controversial issue in the California coastal community right now regarding the Marine Life Protection Act. Fishermen and environmentalists are not getting along over how to manage and protect marine life in California's coastal waters. Perhaps we can learn something from this news.

Published in the New York Times on July 30, 2009:

Can we have our fish and eat it too? An unusual collaboration of marine ecologists and fisheries management scientists says the answer may be yes. In a research paper in Friday’s issue of the journal Science, the two groups, long at odds with each other, offer a global assessment of the world’s saltwater fish and their environments.

Their conclusions are at once gloomy — overfishing continues to threaten many species — and upbeat: a combination of steps can turn things around. But because antagonism between ecologists and fisheries management experts has been intense, many familiar with the study say the most important factor is that it was done at all.

Read the full story here.