Com­ment­ing on na­ture’s growth

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

I have to agree that fish­er­men have to con­trol that in­ner greed be­fore we see a dif­fer­ence. How­ever, I have seen some huge catches dur­ing the recre­ational fish­ery.

There must be some cod as the moth­ers and fa­thers have grown huge be­low the ocean’s sur­face. I see now that the Orca whales have sur­faced in New­found­land and Labrador and putting on a whale of a per­for­mance for the tourists. What we are see­ing now is man’s in­abil­ity to see be­yond the ocean’s sur­face as to what is re­ally hap­pen­ing.

They have an idea, but na­ture never shows its true colours when re­searchers are view­ing it. It is very ob­vi­ous that graphs, maps, un­der­wa­ter cam­eras and bril­liant minds of oceano­graphic re­searchers are not get­ting and record­ing the true re­al­ity of na­ture’s growth and per­for­mance be­low the ocean’s sur­face.

It is not ab­so­lutely ac­cu­rate and some­times mere spec­u­la­tion as the huge cod­fish re­cently caught by fish­er­men has proven them all wrong. I don’t think that mankind will bring back the fish­ery, but na­ture will at its own pace in time.

We have seen un­pre­dictable storms when not watch­ing na­ture through a te­le­scope. It starts and ends in min­utes with so much fear and de­struc­tion. We can­not throw a bucket over the side of a ship and see it fill up with cod as 500 years ago, but there is cer­tainly enough cod be­low the ocean’s sur­face to feed a small fam­ily ev­ery year.

The days of blassy bough flakes may never re­turn, but there is al­ways hope if na­ture has its way. I think that re­searches have been missing the main schools of fish and only catch­ing those out on re­cess time or the ones mooching a day off. The re­turn of the salmon fish­ery in Bri­tish Columbia is a good in­di­ca­tion of a big school or uni­ver­sity of salmon got missed. Frank Black­wood

Ot­tawa

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