FOR COD’S SAKE

Soundings - - Mail Boat -

“There are none so blind as who will not see” could have been the head­line of this great ar­ti­cle [“The col­lapse of cod: Will we fil­let the last fish?” Fe­bru­ary]. I own a boat, and I fish out of Mon­tauk, New York. I fish in­shore and off­shore. As an ob­ser­va­tion from one who has been on the wa­ter for years as a recre­ational fish­er­man, the stocks of al­most all fish are de­pleted.

I re­mem­ber well the mora­to­rium on striped bass and what hap­pened to that stock af­ter five years of be­ing left alone. Now they again are fac­ing un­sup­port­able catch lim­its, with the same ar­gu­ments against stricter quo­tas — that is, some­one’s in­come will suf­fer.

Zach Har­vey’s view that hu­man­ity has been given pri­or­ity in ef­forts to rebuild the stocks of de­pleted fish is an un­for­tu­nate po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity. Who will speak for the fish? If any­one cares to read some de­scrip­tions of what the abun­dance of cod­fish was like many years ago I rec­om­mend Mark Kurlansky’s book Cod.

Frank Wade North­port, New York

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