July 21st 2014 00:33
Bycatch, unintentionally catching the wrong fish while targeting another species, presents some alarming numbers.
Although I'm always suspicious of Yahoo's reporting, here's an article they ran a few months ago.
Sometimes fish are simply thrown back into the ocean whether dead or alive. Yet, in countries where labor is cheap, Latin America, some of Asia or Africa, the bycatch is sorted out and sold as food. This makes sense to me.
Coming from an area where strip mining pays the bills for a lot of people, I'm certainly not going to get into a conservation debate. Sure, it's a bad thing but, bleeding hearts have to realize you can't just throw a switch and mandate that current practices stop immediately. And you can't quickly and simply change the way things have been done for generations. Alternative jobs??? Working at Wal-mart ain't gonna pay the bills!!!
You want an answer? I'm smart enough to know I don't have one. Opinions??? They're like the nose on your face--everybody's got one.
Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!