Right Whale Sight

“Cook is among hundreds of fishermen in Grand Manan – an [Canadian] island of about 2,500 people – who have been temporarily banned from fishing after the sighting of a single North Atlantic right whale.
“This is unprecedented,” said Cook, chairman of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association’s lobster advisory board. “We’ve never seen this before, and hopefully we never see it again.”” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/06/canada-grand-manan-ban-fishing-endangered-whale

A lobster advised him not to worry: keep overfishing and destroying habitat and the few hundred right whales will soon be none left whales.

Scuttle Fish

“Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry … blew up 41 illegal foreign fishing vessels. … In an act of ironic repurposing, the boats were downed with relatively weak explosives in order to maintain their shapes as underwater fish-aggregating devices.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0521-kaye-41-vessels-sunk.html)

An ironic reporpoise commented that, in addition to their salvation, the fish were delighted to receive the bonus pollution.

Plaices of Eight

“Closing down markets to ‘pirate’ fish is the fastest way to eliminate the indiscriminate destruction IUU [Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated] fishing wreaks on coastal communities and the marine environment on which they depend.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=7473)

Meanwhile, Florida scientists have developed a device that can genetically verify whether imported fish destined for dining tables is the popular firm-fleshed fillets of grouper or less expensive, potentially harmful Asian catfish. (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/06/us-usa-florida-fish-idUKKBN0LA00N20150206)


Mare or Less

“New legislation states that those boats which bring social and economic benefits to local communities, without damaging the marine environment, should have more opportunities to fish than others … to reward our ‘best’ fishermen, who have the least environmental impact.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/386061-sustainable-fishermen-land-big-opportunity)

Boats that remain in port will receive unlimited quotas to fish the Sea of Tranquility.


“Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and United Kingdom will all be penalized for exceeding their fishing quotas last year. Quota overshoot affects 49 stocks, and deductions, which total 21286 tonnes, will apply to the same stocks as the present year. In cases where no available quota is left, the deduction will apply to a similar species.” (http://oceana.org/en/eu/media-reports/press-releases/oceana-supports-penalties-for-member-states-that-exceeded-2013-fishing-quotas)

Fishing operatives must convince the similar species to act like the overfished species and avoid being caught.


“Wildlife experts have saved the life of an endangered right whale which had 280 feet of fishing rope caught in its mouth.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2014/02/whale-with-280-feet-of-fishing-rope-in-its-mouth-is-saved)

An altogether wrong illustration of the expression ‘hanging a right’.


“Experts estimate that fishing subsidies equivalent to tens of billions of dollars are still used annually in the fisheries sector without attention to their impacts on sustainability. … With so many fisheries already stretched past sustainable limits, and with a billion people depending on fish for their food security, subsidies that deplete fish stocks are a form of madness.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=6927)